SNP MSP Joan McAlpine has hailed the latest NHS figures that show NHS dentist registrations have rocketed under the SNP – with 130% more adults registered in Dumfries and Galloway since 2007 meaning almost 87% are now registered compared to just 38% under the previous Labour/Lib Dem administration.
The number of children in Dumfries and Galloway registered with an NHS dentist has also risen dramatically with 92% now registered – a 48% rise since 2007.
Previous Labour and Lib Dem administrations at Holyrood oversaw a decline of 6% in adults registered with a dentist in the region – while the figure for children stood at just 62%.
Across the whole of Scotland there are now 107% more adults and 43% more children registered with an NHS dentist than before the SNP came into power.
Commenting, South Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine said:
“This SNP Scottish Government has taken huge strides in improving the oral health of people in Dumfries and Galloway and across Scotland.
“Since the SNP came to power, efforts to increase the number of people receiving regular dental check-ups is paying off, with the number of adults registered more than doubling across Scotland.
“Here in Dumfries and Galloway, we’ve seen 130% more adults and 48% more children registered with an NHS dentist since 2007.
“Of course there’s always room for improvement, and I hope to see more people in our region ensuring they are able to access a local NHS dentist.”