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Dental Services (Disciplinary Cases)

Volume 129: debated on Wednesday 9 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what were the numbers of disciplinary cases concerning dental services in the years 1982 to 1986 in relation to (a) the number resolved without an oral hearing, (b) the number resolved with an oral hearing, (c) the number, after an oral hearing, where the contractor

(2) what have been the percentage increases in National Health Service staff pay levels for the following groups (a) doctors and dentists, (b) nurses, midwives and health visitors, (c) professions allied to medicine, (d) administrative and clerical staff, and (e) ancillary staff, since (i) 1979–80, and (ii) 1980–81, up to the latest year for which figures are available; and what have been the increases in the retail price index over the same periods.

Comparable information about average pay levels over the periods requested is not available. The table gives details of increases in rates of pay. The extent by which basic rates are enhanced by additional earnings varies between staff groups and is substantial in the case of ancillary staff.was found to be in breach of his terms of service and

(d) the number where a withholding resulted, together with the average size of the withholding.

Information about the investigation of complaints concerning the family practitioners is not available centrally in the form requested.

In the years 1982–86, the following cases were completed in respect of the dental practitioner services:

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

Disciplinary action—Cases investigated303323421651599
Breach found114118196343298

It is not possible, from centrally held information, to calculate an average level of withholding concerning all cases. During the period in question the following range of withholdings was applied:

1982

1983

1984

1985

Decision to withhold remuneration9180145255
Amount withheld— Less than £10040284069
£100–£24914133126
£250 and over373974160

In 1986 the form of presentation changed. The figures are:

Number

Under £500124
£500—£99949
£l,000—£1,99939
£2,000 and over8