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Dental Treatment

Volume 164: debated on Monday 8 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what are the monthly breakdown figures for courses of dental treatment completed since charges for dental examinations came into operation;(2) what are the monthly breakdown figures for courses of dental treatment, on the most convenient regional basis, since charges for dental examination came into operation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what are the monthly breakdown figures of courses of treatment of (a) those under 18 years of age, (b) those who are over 18 years but are fully exempt from dental charges, (c) those over 18 years who are partially exempt from dental charges and (d) those who are over 18 years but are fully liable for dental charges, in the period since dental charges for examinations came into operation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has any additional dental educational programmes in mind to promote awareness of the proposed capitation arrangements for children and continuing care contracts for adults, under the current dental contract being negotiated.

If, as the Government hope, the proposals for a new dental contract are accepted by the profession and implemented in October 1990, there will be an important role for postgraduate education in promoting awareness of the matters mentioned by the hon. Member. Postgraduate dental Deans and others concerned with the supply of education to dentists are aware of this potential need, and are taking it into account in their planning.