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d NHS patients, on account of increased profit.

This, in the opinion of the Scottish Executive is considered to lead to a reduced level of commitment. It could also pave way for dentists to practise in areas with few fee-paying patients, even when do not qualify for such higher payments. Infact, 270 of the 836 NHS dental practises in Scotland do not qualify for such extra income.

'What is unacceptable is for the BDA, or any individual dentist, to threaten to deny dental care to children as a means of extracting money for themselves from the NHS or from parents. I hope the BDA will withdraw this deplorable threat to NHS dental services for children,' remarked the Minister, Macdonald.

'The BDA is not threatening to deny treatment to children. We are pointing out the reality of the situation if the minister does not reconsider the measures he has put in place. Dentists have to make business decisions. They are not trying to make money for their own pockets. They want to make money to invest in their service, to modernise the services they offer and give more preventive care,' said Andrew Lamb of the BDA in a response statement.

In view of the above threat, it is high time that the health officials of the BDA and the Executive agree upon a consensus regarding this growing problem.


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