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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-10615: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 7 August 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of unmet demand for registration with an NHS dentist, broken down by NHS board.

Answered by: Shona Robison 1 September 2017

The responsibility for the overall provision of NHS dental services in an area rests with the NHS Board.

There are now over 4.9 million people registered with a NHS dentist, a record figure and we have also seen an unprecedented increase in the numbers of dentists providing NHS dental services, up 35 per cent under this government.

However we recognise that there are parts of Scotland where access continues to be challenging, mainly in remote areas and island communities. For this reason we have targeted the Scottish Dental Access Initiative (SDAI) and Recruitment and Retention Allowances at these areas. For example the funding available through the SDAI is for those dentists wishing to establish new, expand or purchase existing NHS dental practices in areas of unmet patient demand. On the basis of assessments made by NHS Boards, the following areas are currently included within the SDAI grant scheme:

  • Grantown, Invergordon, Nairn, and Wick within NHS Highland;

  • NHS Shetland;

  • Isle of Lewis within NHS Western Isles.