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Dental Practitioners

Volume 530: debated on Thursday 15 July 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many dental practitioners are named in the dentists' register for Scotland; how many of the practitioners are estimated to be available for dental practice; and how many of them are engaged in, respectively, the general practitioner service of the National Health Service, the hospital dental service, on a full-time basis, and the local authority dental services, excluding school dental services, on a full-time basis.

At 1st January, 1954, the Dentists' Register contained the names of 1,762 dentists with addresses in Scotland. It is estimated that about 1,500 of these are available for dental practice in Scotland. Approximately 1,200 are engaged in the general dental service, 25 in the hospital service on a full-time basis, and 180 in all the local authority dental services on a full-time basis. Of the latter, some 15 are engaged on a full-time basis on local authority services other than the school dental service.