More patients waiting for serious dental treatment

Monday 24th June 2019

More than 1,100 people are facing waits of more than 12 weeks for hospital dental treatment, according to figures obtained by the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

The party says that’s almost ten times as many patients than four years ago.

Statistics published by the Scottish Parliament information service reveal 1,139 patients were waiting over 12 weeks for inpatient and day case dental treatment at the end of March 2019.

This compares to 120 patients in March 2015.

Greater Glasgow & Clyde had the highest number of patients (340) waiting over 12 weeks, followed by Grampian (263 patients) and Highland (191 patients).

The party’s health spokesman, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, commented: “Liberal Democrats were instrumental in introducing free dental checks in Scotland and in pressing for a new dental school to address the shortage of dentists, particularly in remote and rural areas of Scotland. As a result the country has made solid progress in improving dental health in recent years

“Unfortunately, these new figures show a rapid rise in the number of patients who are being left waiting in pain for serious treatment in breach of the SNP’s treatment time guarantee.

“With recent figures suggesting that hundreds of dentists have left the profession early, we need incisive action to ensure that no one is left facing agonising long waits for treatment.”