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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-01039: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 27 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reorganise access to NHS dentistry in Lochgilphead.

Answered by: Shona Robison 25 July 2016

Responsibility for NHS dental services lies with NHS boards, and in view of the substantial increase in the numbers of independent dentists, boards are currently looking at how oral health care may be rebalanced from the Public Dental Service (PDS) to high-street provision.

NHS Highland are currently exploring options on how to migrate PDS provision to independent 'high street' contractors providing NHS dental services.

Presently the PDS in Lochgilphead has a vacancy for a dentist and therefore, in the short-term, the board are seeking to recruit a part-time locum dentist for the PDS. In the longer term the board are considering various options including the possibility of leasing part of the PDS facility to an independent dentist.