In April, the SNP promised to remove all NHS dental care charges if they were re-elected to parliament. They used a letter to NHS dental teams to set out the provision of free at the point of use NHS dental care for 18 to 25 year olds in Scotland, and to explain how a legislative instrument was given in parliament.
“the oral health of young people often suffers as they move out of the family home, away from the supervision of parents for the first time“
Part of the letter, signed by the Secretary for Health and Social Care, Humza Yousaf, states: “You may be aware that this government made an election pledge to abolish all NHS dental charges during the course of this parliament. We also have a 100 days commitment to remove dental charges for young people that are care experienced. In laying this instrument it is the intention of the government to widen the commitment to all young people. Our rationale is that the oral health of young people often suffers as they move out of the family home, away from the supervision of parents for the first time. I’m also particularly mindful of the disproportionate economic impact of the pandemic on our young people. It is my intention to get NHS dental services back to normal service as quickly as possible. Our commitment as a government is for patients to receive NHS dental care and treatment. It is my intention to ensure that NHS dental services emerge from this pandemic well placed to care for the oral health of the population.”