BDA seeks answers on funding for ambitious oral health improvement plan
7 March 2018
BDA Scotland is continuing to push for answers from the Scottish Government on how the ambitious actions set out in the Oral Health Improvement Plan (OHIP) are to be funded and resourced.
In a letter to Jeane Freeman MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, we have outlined our ongoing concerns about the lack of detail on the timescales for the actions in the OHIP, and the required resources and investment we believe are needed for them. We have requested a meeting with Ms Freeman urgently, to seek clarity on these issues.
Our surveys of BDA members show that dentists are deeply concerned about aspects of the OHIP, and the implications for the viability of NHS dentistry.
We continue to raise concerns about the funding for the OHIP, particularly in the context of a reducing dental budget, and pressures on dentists becoming ever more acute.
The GDS will receive a below-inflation increase of 0.6% between 2017/18 and 2019/20, and the PDS is experiencing continuing funding cuts, including a 5.5% reduction from Scottish Government last year, and up to an additional 2.5% from NHS Boards.
In the letter, we've highlighted our concerns about the plan to introduce an Oral Health Risk Assessment, which could fundamentally alter how dental practices operate. We've requested that dentists must be involved in discussions on this proposal to ensure that the sustainability of NHS dentistry is taken into account.
We have also invited the interim Directors of Dentistry from each NHS Board to an introductory meeting in April, to outline our position and concerns, and we will continue to put our members' views across.
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