32 Polish Dentists Hired to Stave off Crisis in the NHS
Byline: STUART NICHOLSON
THIRTY-TWO Polish dentists are being drafted in to ease the crisis shortage in the profession in Scotland.
Thousands of Scots have been left without NHS cover as more dentists go private.
And recent talks aimed at tempting some back into providing health service treatment broke down without a deal.
Now ministers have stepped in by hiring foreign dentists to provide treatment on the NHS. The first 12 Poles will arrive by January to work in Fife, Forth Valley and Argyll and Clyde, providing cover for around 20,000 people.
A further ten will be in place by April and the final ten by next September.
Deputy Health Minister Lewis Macdonald announced the move yesterday along with plans to use a private company to provide cover in the worst areas.
Health boards are in talks with Integrated Dental Holdings, the UK's biggest dentistry company, aimed at setting up NHS practices in Grampian, the Highlands, Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders.
Opposition parties welcomed the recruitment of the Polish dentists but said much more still By Stuart Nicolson Scottish Political Reporter had to be done. SNP health spokesman Shona Robison said: 'It's a step in right direction but we must get the stalled negotiations going again. …