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7 May 2014

Stevenson Welcomes New NHS Dental Surgery in Buckie

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the opening this week of a new dental surgery in Buckie as a major boost to local dental services provision.

The move comes just weeks after new figures showed the number of dentists in Scotland has increased by almost 33 per cent since the SNP took office. Between September 2006 and September last year, Scotland has benefitted from 793 extra dentists - an increase of 32.6%.

These extra dentists have helped to vastly increase the levels of registration with an NHS dentist. In March 2007 before the SNP took office, just 67% of children and 46% of adults were registered with an NHS dentist. The most recent figures show that as of 30th September 2013, 91% of children and 82% of adults were registered. Over 4.4 million people are now registered – an increase of 1.8 million since March 2007.

Commenting on the opening of 8to8 Dental in Buckie this week, Mr Stevenson said:

“This is very good news for people in the Buckie area and I congratulate the owners and staff on this important new venture.

“Up until a few years ago, I was regularly contacted by constituents who could not get access to NHS dentistry. That is no longer the case. Many thousands more people in Grampian are now registered with an NHS dentists. The Scottish Government has 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.”
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