Kieran McCarthy MLA said: “I am very pleased that action has been taken to provide extra dentists in areas that really need them across Northern Ireland.
“Lack of NHS dental provision is a very serious problem and I sincerely hope that this move will help alleviate these concerns.
“It is quite staggering and deeply worrying that some are having serious difficulties in finding an NHS dentist. Decisive action was needed and I am pleased at this announcement.
“My only concern is that it may take quite a long period of time to get all these new dentists in place and I would urge the Minister to try to speed up this process as much as possible.”