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Cumbrian Lib Dem MP Tim Farron has welcomed extra training being given to the staff in emergency dental centres in some of the county's hospitals.
The Cumbria Partnership trust which runs the hospitals says giving the extra skills in sedation should reduce a waiting list that currently exceeds 18 weeks in parts of the county, because currently patients have to go to clinics away from Cumbria for such treatment.
Mr Farron said he welcomed the move, although the underlying problem was a shortage of NHS dentists.
"I will continue to campaign for the Government to change the contracts to reward dentists for doing preventative treatment, so that we can bring the dentists that we so desperately need to the South Lakes.”
The Cumbrian MP Tim Farron has met the chairman of the British Dental Association over the lack of access to NHS dentistry in south Cumbria.
Last month, the BDA said South Lakeland, which largely covers Mr Farron's constituency, had the worst access in England, as some people have travel to either West Cumbria or Lancashire for a check up.
The Liberal Democrat MP says he plans to support the association in lobbying the government for changes to NHS dental contracts, because he believes this would help people get the treatment they need.
Diana Johnston says she would not have given consent to have all Rachel's teeth removed.