A BBC UK investigation finds:
Nine in 10 NHS dental practices across the UK are not accepting new adult patients for treatment under the health service, a BBC investigation has found. Our research shows no dentists taking on adult NHS patients could be found in a third of the UK’s top-tier councils. Scotland had significantly better access to NHS dentistry for adults than the other UK nations, with 18% of practices taking on new health-service patients.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-62253893
Reporting Scotland, of course, focus on the negative with only, at the end a grudging:
The Scottish Government said NHS dentistry here was in a position of relative strength to other parts of the UK.
and no mention of:
The Scottish government said that more than 95% of the population were registered with an NHS dentist. It added that the dental workforce in Scotland (54 dentists per 100,000 population) was stronger than in England (42 per 100,000 population).https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-62425268
From the Scottish Government in March 2022:
We’re delivering record investment in dentistry – with a 9% increase in the budget for NHS dental services in 2022-23 – and there has been a 39% increase in the number of high-street dentists in Scotland between 2007 and 2021. Last year there were 55.6 dentists per 100,000 of the population providing NHS care in Scotland compared to 39.9 in England.https://www.gov.scot/news/dental-services-for-all/
Where did BBC Scotland get their 54% and 42% figures?
So, that’s 39.34% more NHS dentists on top of 26% more GPs and 49% more nurses.