15 August 2006

Grampian NHS Must Respond To Community Dental Needs – Stevenson

Today [Monday] Grampian NHS was shown to be the worst area in Scotland for NHS dental practice provision. In a Parliamentary Answer to Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson, the Health Minister reveals a net loss of 4 dental practices in the last ten years while across Scotland the gain has been 39.

Speaking from his constituency, Stewart Stevenson said,

Scottish Executive figures have previously shown that the North East has 3.9 dentists per 10,000 population while Glasgow has nearly twice that at 7.48. Today's figures reveal that far from engaging effectively with the provision of dental services, NHS Grampian has presided over abject failure.

In only one of the last six years have we seen a net increase in the number of dental practices offering NHS services, the worst performance of any health board.

It is time for NHS Grampian to make the kind of effective efforts that have, for example, seen a net 18 new practices open in the Highlands over the last 10 years.”

Commenting on particular problems in his own constituency, Stevenson stated,

New provision planned for Banff is welcome. But that will be little help to places like Fraserburgh where patients may often wait for a year for remedial work to be done. We urgently need new dental practices and dentists if oral standards are to improve.” Categories [Health and Community Care]

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