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Dental Care Professionals

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what response she has made to the General Dental Council's consultation on the new rules for dental care professionals; and what assessment she has made of the effects of the rules on denturists. (96989)

The General Dental Council (GDC) launched a new statutory register for dental nurses and technicians including clinical dental technicians—denturists—in July 2006. The GDC is independent of Government and the consultation that preceded the setting-up of the registration system was therefore a matter for GDC, not the Government.

The Government however strongly support the principle of registration. Its launch means that denturism has become a legitimate clinical activity subject to normal professional regulation. Work is under way with training institutions and representatives of clinical dental technicians to develop appropriate training courses leading to registration.