National Health Service Dentistry

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 31 May 2023.

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Photo of Sandesh Gulhane Sandesh Gulhane Conservative

The Scottish National Party-Green Government does not understand NHS dentistry. The minister has said that there is a low-bureaucracy model; well, if you are a qualified dentist who has been practising for many years abroad, or even in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, and you want to come to Scotland, you have to be recruited as a vocational training by equivalence—VTE—assistant, which means working under supervision for a year and not independently as a dentist. As a result, we have the frankly ludicrous scenario of highly qualified dentists, often with many years of experience, being required to work as trainees for a year if they wish to move to Scotland, which deters dentists from coming to the country.

Will the minister commit to removing that bureaucratic red tape so that we can attract qualified dentists to Scotland?