Updates from heath authorities in Scotland and Northern Ireland

Yesterday saw some updates from the health authorities in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

In Scotland, the Chief Dental Officer, Tom Ferris, confirmed that there is essentially no change in the activity dental practices can undertake following further restrictions announcement by the Scottish government on Boxing Day. Dr Ferris confirmed that:

  • Essential travel includes leaving home for healthcare
  • Dental treatment is healthcare
  • Dentistry can therefore continue in Level 4 and under the revised restrictions announced by the First Minister
  • Facial aesthetic treatment (Botox / fillers) is not essential healthcare (not available on the NHS) and should not be undertaken privately

Financial support of NHS dental practices at its current level will remain in place. However, due to the impact of the new restrictions, the OCDO in Scotland has decided that the move to tiered financial support which was due to commence in the ‘March paid April’ schedule will be delayed for 3 months in the first instance.

The letter from Tom Ferris can be read here.

Northern Ireland
In Northern Ireland the Department of Health has confirmed that there will be a 2.8% pay increase for staff covered by national medical and dental terms and conditions of service. It uplifts the national pay rates of hospital medical and dental staff and doctors and dentists in public health, Community Dental Services, salaried dental staff and salaried general practitioners and takes effective from 1 April 2020.

More details can be found here.