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BDA: Lack of dentists in Scotland a problem

8th January 2010

The head of the British Dental Association (BDA) in Scotland has said that a shortage of dentists in the country is a big problem for patients at the present time.

Andrew Lamb told the Times newspaper that the government needs to listen to the concerns of those most in need of dentists, which includes people living in rural and hard-to-reach areas.

His comments come after new NHS figures showed that 80,000 people in Scotland do not have access to a dentist.

Public health minister Shona Robison is quoted by the newspaper as stating that measures are being taken to address the issue.

“We are developing outreach training centres throughout Scotland, including Aberdeen, Inverness and Dumfries and Galloway and health boards now have the authority to appoint directly salaried dentists,” she explained.

The BDA, which was founded in 1880, has around 23,000 voluntary members, the majority of which operate general or high street practices.

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