Under new electoral law, a term now lasts five years.
The Nursing Times quotes a Scottish government spokesperson
“Thanks to nine consecutive years of staffing increases we have an extra 25,000 staff working in our health service, an 11% increase in qualified nurses and midwives and a steady rise in places on pre-registration nursing and midwifery undergraduate training programmes,”
In August the Scottish government abolished NHS dental charges for everyone under the age of 26.
“Free treatment for people aged under 26 will take effect immediately and there is no “opt-in” required. Those who started a course of NHS treatment before their 26th birthday will also be eligible.”
Meanwhile in England..
BBC Breakfast (yesterday) on twitter asked people to get in touch with them if they have had problems trying to find an NHS dentist, and on BBC News 24 (this morning) Victoria Derbyshire devoted a lot of time to the same issue.. the lack of NHS dentists in England.
It included many contributions from people (online) telling their experience of trying to get treatment.
It was not for the squeamish.