BBC Salford headlined their report yesterday with:
‘The British Dental Association said England had a “second-class” dental service compared to Wales and Scotland.’
Before going on to note that:
‘The BDA said England was receiving a “second-class service” because, unlike Wales and Scotland, it has no dedicated national child oral health programme. It said the government’s centrepiece policy Starting Well – aimed at improving oral health outcomes for “high-risk” children – had received no new funding and was operating in parts of just 13 local authorities in England.’
In incisor-sharp contrast, government initiatives in Scotland and Wales seem to have more bite and are resulting in falling rates of tooth decay in young children. Scotland’s ‘Childsmile’ programme has cut £5 million off treatment costs.
Loyally following the advice from Tory health spokesperson, Miles Briggs, that making comparisons with NHS England is a diversionary tactic which is wearing thin for Scots, Reporting Scotland have ignored the above story for this
‘SNP fail Scottish children’s teeth by excluding Irn Bru from minimum-pricing policy’
A Freedom of Information request by the Scottish Conservative Party, nicely written-up, even spell-checked, for BBC Scotland, has revealed the SNP’s shocking incompetence in excluding the high-sugar content Irn Bru from their new minimum pricing policy yet imposing it on the low-sugar content English bitters popular with many Scottish children. Some have suggested that the exclusion of Irn Bru and the inclusion of English beer is a clear sign that the SNP is pursuing anti-English policies.