Graham heard from a number of constituents who said they could not get an NHS dental appointment in Beverley and Holderness and were being forced to travel to Cottingham or Hull.
In response to his constituents’ concerns, Graham put pressure on Moira Dumma, NHS England’s Director of Commissioning for Yorkshire and the Humber, requesting she review the position of NHS dentistry in the constituency.
The review found the area was not receiving adequate services to cope with the demand for NHS dentistry. Following further lobbying from Graham, NHS England announced in May 2018 that almost £1 million would be offered to increase NHS capacity at practices across Beverley and Holderness with the expectation that up to 2000 new NHS patients would be seen over the next three years.
At the time of the announcement, Graham said this was a step in the right direction and he would continue to monitor the situation to ensure his constituents could access a good, NHS dentist in reasonable time.