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Dental Practitioners (Retirement)

Volume 170: debated on Friday 30 March 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it is intended to pay compensation to general dental practitioners who, having attained the age of retirement prescribed in the NHS (General Dental Services) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 1989, SI 832, will have their names removed from dental lists on 1 April.

Yes. I have made a determination under section 8(3) of the Health and Medicines Act 1988 specifying the rates at which payments shall be made to eligible dentists whose names are compulsorily removed from the lists on 1 April 1990. Parliamentary approval of this new expenditure will be sought in the main estimate for family practitioner (part) and other services, England (class XIII, vote 2). Pending that approval, urgent expenditure estimated at £250,000 will be met by repayable advances from the Contingencies Fund.