65% rise in NHS dental nurses in five years

A surge in NHS dental nurses and technicians was praised by the SNP. Picture: PA
A surge in NHS dental nurses and technicians was praised by the SNP. Picture: PA
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THE number of NHS dental nurses in Scotland has increased by 65 per cent over a five-year period, according to new figures.

• Significant rise in number of NHS dental nurses and dental technicians recorded

• SNP MSP Bob Doris praises increase in provision of dental health across Scotland

Official statistics also revealed there was a 171 per cent rise in the number of dental technicians from September 2007, compared to the same month in 2012.

SNP MSP Bob Doris welcomed the figures which he said proved the party is committed to improving the health of people living in Scotland.

“There are now far more dental nurses and technicians than under the previous Labour administration - and we all know how bad the dentistry situation was then,” he said.

“We now have the situation where areas which had large waiting lists for NHS dental treatment under Labour now are in a position where those waiting lists are now either extremely small or in some cases have been cleared.

“This adds to figures out last year that showed record numbers of primary one children have no obvious signs of decay and, for the first time, all 14 NHS Boards exceeded the target - that 60 per cent should have no obvious signs of decay.

“It is extremely important that we continue this work in improving the nation’s dental health.

“These figures are definitely something to smile about and the SNP will continue to ensure the provision of first-rate dental services.”

Government figures revealed there were 862 NHS dental nurses in 2007, compared with 1426 in 2012 - a rise of 65.4 per cent.

They also showed there are were 130 technicians employed in 2012, an increase of 171.5 per cent from the 48 in 2007.