Seb Evans, Author at Dentistry Scotland
Seb Evans

Seb Evans

Author at Dentistry.co.uk

Seb moved to FMC at the start of 2014. He is the editor of dentistry.co.uk, assistant editor of Dentistry magazine and editor of Dentistry Scotland. Email: Seb.evans@fmc.co.uk Tel: 01923 851751
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SNP pledge to scrap all NHS dental charges if re-elected

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has pledged to abolish all NHS dental charges if it is re-elected. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the promise ahead of the Holyrood elections, which are set to take place on 6 May. She said she hopes the move will guarantee that ‘cost is not a barrier to accessing health … Continued

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Scottish NHS dentists miss out on 4% pay rise

NHS staff in Scotland have been offered a 4% pay rise – but dentists have been excluded.  The Scottish government confirmed that the average pay of a frontline worker could increase by more than £1,200. This will include 154,000 staff members including paramedics, nurses and domestic staff. The pay increase will be backdated to 1 … Continued

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NHS services should return to pre-pandemic levels, MSP claims

Jeane Freeman Health and Sport Secretary suggested NHS services should return to pre-pandemic levels. Speaking at today’s COVID briefing, Ms Freeman said: ‘NHS services…should be as available now as they were before the pandemic started.’ BDA Scotland is seeking further clarification following her comments, suggesting it was a ‘slip of the tongue’. ‘Ministers seem to have forgotten … Continued

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NHS staff inundated with spam or phishing emails last year

NHS staff reported more than 137,000 spam or phishing emails last year, latest figures from NHS Digital show. Obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, NHS employees reported 27,958 suspected phishing emails targeting their email service. The emails encouraged recipients into sending across confidential data. In addition, NHS staff received more than 109,400 suspected spam emails throughout … Continued

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Scotland universities not admitting any dental students this September

Dental schools in Scotland won’t take on any new undergraduates this September, Universities Scotland says. The move comes after universities told current dental students they wouldn’t have sufficient clinical experience to graduate this year. ‘Dentistry is an area which has been particularly badly hit by the COVID pandemic, due to the risk of spread of the virus via … Continued

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Dental students in Scotland unable to graduate this year

Dental students in Scotland have been unable to gain enough clinical experience to graduate, Jeane Freeman Health Secretary says. Students will therefore have to retake their final year, after COVID-19 forced universities to limit aerosol generating procedures (AGPs). Mrs Freeman told the BBC that the decision to make students repeat a year was a ‘tough one’. ‘It … Continued

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Dental staff to get £500 ‘thank you’ from the Scottish government

The Scottish government is making a £500 one-off, non-consolidated payment to dental staff. In a letter to NHS Boards and Practitioner Services on the 8 February, the government confirms the NHS payment after promising it on the 30 November 2020. The payment is also available to general practitioners, practice teams including admin staff and practice … Continued

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Concerns grow over whether Scottish dental students will graduate in 2021

Concerns are growing over whether dental students in Scottish universities will graduate in 2021 following the COVID-19 pandemic. Lockdowns over the past 12 months are limiting the amount of clinical experience many dental undergraduates can gain. BDA Scotland has written an open letter to MPs calling for action to limit the impacts on future education. It … Continued

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NHS workers to receive a one-off £500 ‘thank you’ gift

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a ‘no strings attached’ £500 payment to all full-time NHS and social care worker. She says this is to give recognition for the work carried out by front line staff during the COVID pandemic. On top of this she announced negotiations under way to increase pay for NHS staff. However, the Scottish … Continued



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