People have shared their experiences of agonising waits for NHS dental care in Plymouth after a student told how she had to drive 100 miles in severe pain to have a tooth taken out.
One woman said her husband had two broken teeth which needed removing and probably had an infection, but had given up trying to contact the Plymouth Dental Access Centre after more than 70 calls on Tuesday morning.
The woman, who asked not to be named, said her husband was up at 3am and close to tears. She said: “I've tried for a week. We have no idea what to do.”
Others told how they had been waiting for years to get on the list for an NHS dentist in Plymouth, or had decided to go private in desperation, running up debts of thousands of pounds for treatment.
One woman said her partner had been waiting for …