2 August 2006

MSP Astonished At Gross Under-Reporting Of Demand For NHS Dental Services In Fraserburgh

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has expressed astonishment at figures from NHS Grampian which state that in the whole of Fraserburgh and surrounding area, less than 260 people are on the waiting list to register with an NHS dentist.

Commenting on the issue, Mr Stevenson said:

“I find it very hard to believe that there are only less than 260 people in the whole of Fraserburgh and the surrounding villages who are not registered with an NHS dentist and wish to do so.

“I know from my mailbag and from discussions with health and dental professionals that the figure must be far in excess of this. The danger now is that NHS Grampian will base decisions on future service provision in Fraserburgh on the number of people registered on their waiting list.

“I would therefore encourage everyone who is currently without an NHS dentist to register with NHS Grampian’s waiting list. By doing so, we can increase the pressure on the health authorities to make provision in those areas where need is greatest.” Categories [Health and Community Care]

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