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Dental Charges

Volume 403: debated on Tuesday 8 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the Department's policy on NHS dentists' charges for missed appointments. [106855]

The dentists" terms of service, Schedule 1 to the NHS (General Dental Services) Regulations 1992 as amended, allows a dentist to claim from a patient in respect of loss of remuneration resulting from a failure of a patient to keep an appointment for general dental services. Patients must be informed that failing to keep an appointment will result in a charge.