Emergency action is needed to address the lack of dentists offering services to Medical Card patients.

That’s according to Mayo deputy Rose Conway-Walsh.

She claims that only one dental practice in Mayo is currently treating Medical Card patients and taking on new patients, but even then it is only for specific treatments.

She says that in a county the size of Mayo that is “beyond shocking” and cannot continue.

Deputy Conway Walsh has made representations to the Department of Health and to the HSE on the issues surrounding the Dental Treatment Services Scheme (DTSS).

She told John Morley of Midwest News that a decrease in Government funding in the DTSS has resulted in large numbers of dentists leaving the scheme...

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