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Four in Ten Scottish Dentists Ready to Quit NHS and Go ‘Fully Private’

November 3, 2021
by The Herald


Hundreds of dentists have warned that they will go fully private if the Scottish Government presses ahead with plans to axe pandemic support funding from April next year.

The British Dental Association’s leadership in Scotland said ministers are “blindly headed down a road that could destroy this service” after a survey of practitioners found that the vast majority expect to curtail their NHS work if COVID payments are withdrawn, with four in ten saying they will opt out of NHS dentistry altogether.

The looming crisis comes just days after statistics revealed that the number of NHS dental treatments carried out in Scotland during 2020/21 fell by 77.5 per cent compared to 2018/19, the last full financial year unaffected by coronavirus.

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