asked the Minister of Education if he is aware that the school dental service of the Borough of Hornsey will shortly have to close down because it is impossible to fill any one of the posts of the four dental surgeons authorised; and what assistance he can render in this matter.
The school dental service in Hornsey is equipped for only two dentists, not four, though expansion is proposed. One dentist is away ill and the other has recently resigned. The local education authority are arranging for a school dentist from Tottenham to deal with urgent cases at Hornsey. With regard to the salary difficulties which are holding up the recruitment of school dentists, I cannot add anything to the reply which my right hon. Friend, the Minister of Health gave to my hon. Friend, the Member for East Wolverhampton (Mr. Baird) on 12th May.
asked the Minister of Education how many full-time and part-time dental officers respectively, were employed in the school dental service in December, 1947, in January, 1948, and at the latest available date.
The number of school dentists in January, 1947, was 382 full-time and 614 part-time, the total staff being equivalent to 753 full-time officers. In January, 1948, the corresponding figures were 411 full-time and 652 part-time, the full-time equivalent being 921 Complete figures for a later date are not yet available but a special inquiry in January, 1949, showed that the total staff was then equivalent to about 866 full-time officers.