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Scotland ‘committed to improving dentist access’

29th January 2008

The Scottish government is “absolutely committed” to increasing access to NHS dentists, an authority has claimed.

Minister for public health Shona Robison made her comments in response to figures released today by the Information Services Division.

The statistics revealed the total number of dentists working in the region has increased by 2.7 per cent to more than 2,900.

Almost 70 per cent of Scottish children and 49 per cent of Scottish adults are registered with NHS General Dental Services in Scotland, the agency revealed.

Ms Robison spoke while visiting the Chalmers Street Dental Centre in Edinburgh today.

She said the statistics are “encouraging” but acknowledged that some people in Scotland are still unable to access a dentist.

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

She added that a third dental school is to open in Aberdeen to further boost numbers.

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