(From Aberdeen Press & Journal (UK))
More patients have been taken off the NHS dental register in Grampian over the past five years than in any other part of Scotland.
The figures renewed concerns that a pledge of free dental checks within three years may not be met.
Deputy Health Minister Rhona Brankin revealed that, of 63,399 people withdrawn from dentists' registers between 1999 and last year, nearly 30% - 18,846 - were in Grampian. This compares with nearly 3,000 in Fife and just under 4,000 in Glasgow.
The next-highest total was 11,709 in the Borders.
Withdrawals in Grampian peaked at 7,517 in 2002-03.
The figures …