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Dental Technicians

Volume 173: debated on Thursday 24 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what are the qualifications required for a National Health Service dental technician.

Dental technicians are graded as medical technical officers (MTOs). The Whitley council agreement requires that MTOs should hold a Business and Technical Education Council/Scottish Vocational Educational Council qualification, City and Guilds or other suitable technical qualification in an appropriate discipline.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what are the scales of pay for National Health Service (a) dental surgeon assistants and (b) dental technicians.

The pay and conditions of service of these groups are matters for negotiation by the Professional and Technical Staffs B Whitley council.Current rates for dental surgery assistants (DSAs) effective from 1 July 1989, are set out in the table:

Student DSA

DSA

Senior

Tutor

£

Age

£

£

£

3,885165,5235,8757,291
4,089175,7976,1877,622
4,513186,0636,5987,934
4,671196,3196,9598,238
4,816206,5677,3108,558
4,96421 and over7,0257,6478,869
5,118
5,267
5,499

I understand that negotiations on the staff side's pay claim for this group have not yet started.

Dental technicians are graded as medical technical officers (MTOs). Current rates of pay, effective from 1 September 1989 following a grade restructuring, are set out in the table:

Trainee

MTO1

MTO2

MTO3

MTO4

MTO5

£

£

£

£

£

£

4,7436,7518,54211,24113,67616,639
4,9337,0218,88411,69014,22317,304
5,1307,3029,23912,15814,79217,996
5,3357,5949,60812,64415,38318,716
5,5497,8979,99313,15015,99919,465
5,7718,21310,392

113,676

116,639

120,244

6,001

18,542

10,808

114,223

117,304

121,053

18,884

111,241

114,792

117,996

121,895

19,239

111,690

112,158

1 Salary points are for use when salary scales have been advanced to recognise special skills or additional responsibilities.

I understand negotiations on the staff side's pay claim for this group are continuing.