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Emergency Dental Treatment

Volume 972: debated on Monday 29 October 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what discussions he has had with the British Dental Association in connection with Government support for voluntary services for emergency dental treatment at weekend periods; and whether he will make a statement;(2) if he will make a statement on the establishment of emergency dental services at weekends.

My hon. Friend has had discussions with representatives of the British Dental Association and has reached general agreement on the profession's participation in the provision of emergency dental services at weekends and bank holidays where health authorities consider them necessary to supplement existing services. A number of details remain to be settled but he hopes soon to issue guidance to health authorities.