West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin has announced her support of an NHS plan to address the dentist shortage.

Embracing the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan, Baldwin praised the national commitment to increase the number of new dentists training by 40 per cent.

This follows cuts to NHS dental services in Pershore, leaving many locals grappling with finding sufficient care.

As well as backing the training increase, Baldwin has also heralded Ministers' plans to develop a recovery plan for dentistry, aimed at bolstering the profession.

Mrs Baldwin said: "I have had a number of constituents complain to me about the changes of dental provision at dentists' practices in Pershore and despite writing to both the local team and the national management, I haven’t been able to get a clear answer.

“I’ve now written to the chief executive but it is now important that we understand how to get the right blend of NHS and private provision for the town.

“The long-term NHS workforce plan commits to training many more dentists and there is a £15,000 one off payment for dentists who commit to working in a particular area."

Further plans are expected to be published soon by the Department for Health and Social Care.