Celebrating Maxillofacial Prosthetists and Technologists

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SNP MSP Linda Fabiana praised the "life-changing" work of Scotland's leading maxillofacial prosthetist Michael O'Neil during a member's debate on 4 December 2013.

Maxillofacial prosthetics is the medical procedure to reconstruct a patient's face following an accident, disease or birth defects.

The SNP member for East Kilbride congratulated her constituent who scooped the 2013 Wim de Ruiter Delft Plate Award for his research into a pioneering technique for jaw surgery which uses 3D modelling.

Mr O'Neil also raised £6000 for cancer research in the summer by cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats.

The MSP for East Kilbride also spoke of the importance of facial reconstruction to "remove the stigma" of those suffering disfigurement.

However, Ms Fabiani raised some concerns about the future of the technique with "no specific training for maxillofacial prosthetists in Scotland" and the "discrepancies in the pay structure" making it difficult to attract experts to the country.

Public Health Minister Michael Matheson said "we encourage development in this exciting field" which "has an exciting future where technology and research can make a real difference to the quality of people's lives."

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