30 June 2009

Stevenson Delighted By Increase In NHS Dentists For Grampian

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the latest publication of NHS workforce statistics that show the number of NHS Grampian dentists has increased by 8.6% in the last year. In March 2008 there were 232 General Dental Service dentists working for the health board, but this has increased to 252 as of March 2009.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said:

“Dentistry in Banff & Buchan and the wider region has suffered incredibly thanks to many years of neglect under previous administrations. Although there is clearly still much to do before things fully recover, I am delighted that things are continuing to move in the correct direction under the SNP Government.

“The SNP promised to address the problems in dentistry in Banff & Buchan before the election and this latest increase in the number of dentists shows that this is happening. The new dental school at Aberdeen University has seen its first students start their courses and their state of the art £21 million building at Foresterhill is due to open soon.

“Real and significant improvements have been made since 2007 and I am confident these will continue until we have a level of access to NHS dentists in Banff & Buchan that we can at last be proud of. The appalling situation that North East dentistry was in a few years ago was a national disgrace and I am sure that people in the area will share my relief that this Scottish Government is continuing to take action to address the problem”.


Details of the increase in NHS dentists in Grampian and across Scotland can be found at

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