Dentistry in Scotland moved to phase 3 of reopening this week. At this time, we have urged the Scottish Government and NHS Boards to manage patients' expectations and to look again at the financial support available to dentists.
The Scottish Government has issued a letter from the Chief Dental Officer and a memorandum to dentists with details about the return to dentistry. We have welcomed the additional funding outlined in the CDO's letter – an extra 30% to the General Dental Practice Allowance and a 30% increase to the GDPA cap. However, we argue that this support did not go far enough.
These are unprecedented times and we have been clear to government that dentists need to be properly supported, as they work hard to put their patients' needs first.
We are also concerned about the Scottish Government's engagement with us, as representatives of the dentists and dentistry, and urge them to communicate and negotiate with us more effectively. We will continue to meet with the CDO and Scottish Government regularly to make the case for dentists.