BDA Scotland is urging the Scottish Government to put any 70th birthday NHS investment to good use.

It has pointed to the unfunded aspirations behind the Oral Health Improvement Plan (OHIP) as a good place to start.

It was announced NHS Scotland would receive an extra £2 billion during the NHS 70th birthday announcements.

Big aspirations

‘The OHIP sets big aspirations, but provides little detail on funds set aside to pay for them,’ chair of the BDA’s Scottish Council, Robert Donald, said.

‘The promise of extra NHS budget now offers a vital opportunity to secure necessary resources required for implementation.

‘Meeting the needs of an ageing population and reducing oral health inequalities in Scotland are vital goals.

‘However we are yet to see details on plans, timescales or resources to achieve them, or indeed any tangible commitment to maintain the financial viability of high street practices during a period of profound change.

‘Sadly, instead of needed investment, a focus on 24-month recall intervals feels like a bid to spread a steady state budget too thinly.

‘When oral cancer rates are surging – and early detection is key – the Scottish Government needs to reconsider.

‘Likewise a change in tack on scale and polish looks like a cost cutting exercise.

‘Prevention could reap huge dividends for Scottish patients and taxpayers.

‘The Scottish Government needs to show it is prepared to make an effective investment in oral health.’