Western Isles

The Oban Times - - Community News -

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.’

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