Responding to the embargoed BDA press release which likens SNP plans for the service to being "shackled to a corpse" and warns that Humza Yousaf could be "the man who killed NHS dentistry", Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton said:
"Unless the Health Secretary changes course, NHS dentistry as we know it will cease to exist.
"The Scottish Government's current proposals are wholly inadequate; they will leave dentists and patients alike suffer.
“The BDA are right to sound the alarm. The last thing Scotland needs is a mass exodus as dentists stream for the exits.
“Liberal Democrats were instrumental in introducing free dental checks in Scotland and in pressing for a new dental school to address the shortage of dentists, particularly in remote and rural areas of Scotland. As a result, we’ve made progress as a country. That is all being undone by the SNP."