The British Dental Association has today published a report which shows the extent of the crisis within NHS dentistry in Scotland. As the representative organisation for dentists in Scotland, they warn that Scottish Government plans to revert to pre-COVID models of care, without any additional funding, risks sparking a flight of dentists from the NHS, with potentially devastating consequences for patient access across Scotland.
Jackie Baillie said:
“This stark warning from the BDA makes it abundantly clear that the very existence of NHS dentistry in Scotland is on the line.
“By removing support at this crucial point, the SNP is threatening to force scores of dentists out of the profession or into the private sector.
“This will lead to thousands of Scots going without vital dental treatment and will lead to a two-tier system in this country.
“We cannot let this happen.
“The Health Secretary must listen to the professionals on the frontline and think again.”