1 December 2011

Grampian NHS Dental Registrations Continue To Rise


Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson says ‘The SNP is making good on it’s pledge to tackle the NHS dentistry crisis left by Labour and the Lib-Dems in 2007’.

NHS dentistry was a key plank of the SNP election campaign in 2007 and 4 and a half years on the latest statistics for NHS dental registrations in Grampian show that the number of patients with an NHS dentist has increased from 35.2% in 2007 to 53.5% last year, with over 25,000 additional registrations in Grampian since last year.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said:

“The NHS Dentistry service in Grampian was teetering on the brink in 2007 and the SNP pledged that we would tackle the dentistry crisis facing Scotland. That is exactly what we have done.

“Many thousands more people in Grampian are now registered with an NHS dentists, we have supported investment in more dental surgeries and a new dental school in Aberdeen which is making a real difference to the availability of NHS dentists in our region.

“Labour and the Lib-Dems left the dental service in an absolutely shocking state which has taken 4 years of solid support and investment to get it back on track. This was never going to be an easy task and there is still more work to be done but with NHS dental registrations now at a record high in Scotland, greatly improved on the position of 4 years ago I am very pleased with this progress.”

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