Cap on GDPA Affects 600,000 Patients

Motion S4M-10844: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20/08/2014
That the Parliament understands that the decision to implement a cap on the General Dental Practice Allowance (GDPA) has resulted in 5% of Scottish dental practices being affected, with registrations of around 600,000; considers that, of these practices, those with the largest number of NHS-registered patients are being most adversely affected and that a number of these practices in Mid Scotland and Fife and across the country are facing severe financial difficulties as a direct result of the cap, which could result in the closure or curtailment of the practices and lead to tens of thousands of NHS-registered patients being without a dentist, and notes calls for the Scottish Government to examine closely the effects of capping GDPA and to ensure that a process is put in place to protect the largest, most NHS-committed practices by mitigating the adverse effects of this policy without delay.