CHILDREN in the Western Isles are all smiles after new figures show they have the second best teeth in Scotland.
The statistics, released by the National Dental Inspection Plan ( NDIP), show 82.8 per cent of primary seven pupils have no obvious decay, with the Scottish average 75.3 per cent.
In first place was the Borders, with 83.6 per cent. The new figures compare to 54.5 per cent of primary seven children in the Western Isles having no obvious decay in 2007, a vast improvement over eight years.
Gordon Jamieson, NHS Western Isles chief executive, said: ‘I am delighted with what is being achieved in this important area of oral health in children.’
THE LEADER of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has called on the UK Government to implement the Smith Commission recommendations in full.
Angus Campbell, who has led the Western Isles local authority since 2012, is urging the government to devolve management and revenues of The Crown Estate.
He said: ‘I would call on the UK Government to honour the Smith Commission in full and, in clear and unambiguous terms, legislate for the full devolution of the Crown Estate, its management and revenues to Scotland and immediately thereafter by Scottish Government to island areas and other coastal communities in line with the Lerwick Declaration of devolving powers to local communities.’