Keith Brown MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Clackmannanshire & Dunblane constituency, has welcomed the news today that measures to provide free NHS dental care for all young people aged 18-25 have been introduced. Assuming parliamentary approval, the measures will come into effect at the end of August.
Speaking this afternoon, Keith said:
“During the election campaign we promised that we would make free NHS dental care available to all and said that we would start to deliver on that promise within our first 100 days by removing dental charges for care experienced young people.
“So, I am delighted that not only have the first steps been taken to bring that about by the end of August but we have gone further and free NHS dental care will be extended to all 18-25 year olds.
“Not only are we making a serious downpayment on our pledge of universal NHS dental care, but this is an important demographic in terms of dental care. Until now, for many young people, moving away from their family home coincided with the need to start paying for their dental care, and so finding a new dentist and getting regular checkups lost priority.
“This announcement bridges that gap and I hope it will put a smile on the faces of the 600,000 young people who – from the end of August – will benefit from free dental care.”