The impact of Covid-19 over the past three months has lead to unprecedented disruption to the dental profession worldwide. In Scotland, this global crisis coupled with years of government underfunding and limited legal representation has brought the profession close to breaking point, with the future of NHS dentistry in particular now in question.
The Scottish Dental Association has been founded with the aim of giving a voice to the dental profession in Scotland, and as we grow, to engage in meaningful negotiation with the Scottish Government so that the working lives and conditions for all members of the dental team, from practice owners and associates, salaried dentists in secondary care, therapists, nurses and technicians, are enhanced.
An initial board of directors has been formed and we are currently in the process of incorporating the association with Companies House. It is expected this process will complete in the coming days.
The need for democratic representation is of paramount importance and so as the group members grow in numbers, the intention will be to hold elections to form a committee. We would hope to achieve this within a period of eight weeks from the associations inception.
In the interim period, the SDA has already reached out to the Scottish Dental Practice Committee (SDPC) and this has been met favourably by their chairman. We very much look forward to working closely and constructively with the SDPC in order to represent the voice of our profession in future Government negotiations.
We encourage all members of the dental team to join the association and engage with us on social media, so that we may grow in strength and rebuild the dental profession in Scotland.