Big bite taken out out of dental wait lists in CQ region

THE public dental waiting list in Central Queensland has been slashed.

More than 2000 dental patients have been removed from waiting lists since Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service began issuing vouchers for public patients to receive treatment in private dental practices.

CQHH board chairman Charles Ware said the number of public patients waiting more than two years for treatment had been slashed by more than 3000 in the same period.

"Less than 9% of patients on general dental waiting lists had been waiting for more than two years at the end of September, compared with 41.4 per cent in February this year," Mr Ware said.

"CQHHS Oral Health Services has worked very hard to reduce the waiting list for public dental work in Central Queensland by issuing vouchers using National Partnership Agreement funding, and by running extra clinics within the service where possible.

"We recognise there is a high demand for this service and will continue to strive to reduce the list even further."

In February 3569 people had waited more than two years for public dental work in the CQHHS. At the end of September, that number had been slashed to 542.