Dental Appointments (Children and Young People)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 10th June 2021.

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Photo of Sarah Boyack Sarah Boyack Labour

I wrote to the Scottish Government last week about how it analyses waiting times for dentistry, and the answer was that it does not. Dentists have warned of years and years of delays. Given that dental care is a vital part of health and wellbeing for children, how is that situation acceptable? Longer and longer waits for NHS treatment for children and adults mean that many people choose to go private. Is that not just privatisation by stealth?