There are presently five times as many patients in NHS Grampian who have waited over 12 weeks for hospital dental treatment than there were four years ago, according to figures obtained by the Scottish Liberal Democrats through the Scottish Parliament’s independent research library SPICe.
263 patients have been waiting over 12 weeks for dental treatment in the local health board, compared to only 50 during the same period in 2015. Of all other health boards in Scotland only Glasgow has more patients waiting over 12 weeks and only the Highlands has a higher proportion of its patients waiting past the deadline to be seen.
North East Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles said: “A decade of underfunding of our local health services by the Scottish Government has left a huge hole in NHS Grampian’s ability to deliver treatment within a reasonable period.
“It is the patients and hardworking staff that are being made to suffer. Once again the gap in performance between our local health board and others in Scotland is plain to see, with almost half of the patients currently on the list for treatment having waited longer than the 12 week deadline.
“I’m proud that the Scottish Liberal Democrats delivered free dental checks in Scotland when we were in government in Edinburgh. But that doesn’t mean one iota to patients if the SNP government are prepared to let hundreds of people wait for treatment and are unwilling to provide the resources needed to deliver the programme.”
Notes for editors:
- The figures, acquired through SPICe, include all dental specialities and show the ongoing waits over 12 weeks. The full table can be found here.