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Dentists

Volume 529: debated on Tuesday 1 June 1954

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69.

asked the Minister of Health what arrangements are made to enable a patient to know that he must lodge a complaint about a dentist within six months of the fitting of a set of dentures.

My right hon. Friend does not think that any formal arrangements are necessary. There is power to waive the limit where there is good cause.

72.

asked the Minister of Health what arrangements he is making to obtain details of the income of dentists from the Board of Inland Revenue.

As part of an investigation of dentists' remuneration under the National Health Service agreed between the British Dental Association, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland, and myself, the Board have, at our invitation, supplied us with information about the total professional income and expenses in 1952–53 returned for Income Tax purposes by a number of dentists selected by sampling methods. Naturally, the information supplied to us is in a form which does not enable the income or expenses of any individual to be identified.