MSP welcomes rising number of dental registrations

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Western Isles MSP, Alasdair Allan, has welcomed new figures showing strong number of dental registrations in the Western Isles – and is encouraging local people to ensure they attend regular check-ups with their dentist.

Figures published by the Scottish Government show that 21,010 people are now registered with a dentist in the islands, 76.7% of the population – as national figures show that almost 2 million more people across Scotland are now registered since the SNP came to office.

This is an increase from only 11,045 people registered in the islands, 40.6% of the population, when the SNP first came to office in 2007.

Alasdair Allan commented:

“The SNP’s investment in our health service is clear to see – with 21,010 people in the islands now registered with a dentist and almost 2 million more people across Scotland registered since the Scottish Government came to office.

“Regular attendance at a dentist is very important – and can help identify early signs of oral cancer – so I would urge everyone across the Western Isles to take the opportunity offered by increased access to an NHS dentist and make sure they take the time for regular check-ups.

“Particularly encouraging is the massive increase in dental registration locally, with an extra 10,000 people having the opportunity to register with an SNP dentist over the past 8 years.

“These figures are another example of the SNP’s commitment to and investment in our health service paying off – and so it is no wonder that the people of the Western Isles are continuing to put their faith in us to improve our public services.”