Dentists

Oral Answers to Questions — National Health Service – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th July 1949.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Sir John Mellor Sir John Mellor , Sutton Coldfield 12:00 am, 28th July 1949

asked the Minister of Health the number of dentists who are qualified and the number registered under the Dentists Acts, 1921 to 1923; how many National Health Service dentists are qualified; and how many registered under the said Acts.

Photo of Mr Arthur Blenkinsop Mr Arthur Blenkinsop , Newcastle upon Tyne East

The number of dentists on the Dental Register in the United Kingdom who are graduates or licentiates in dental surgery is 10,255, and the number registered under the Dentists Acts, 1921 to 1923, is 4,361. I regret that the information requested in the second and third parts of the Question is not available.

Photo of Sir John Mellor Sir John Mellor , Sutton Coldfield

If the Minister is unable to give the information asked for in the last part of the Question, is it surprising that the National Health Service is getting into difficulties? Cannot the Parliamentary Secretary say what proportion of each of these categories has joined the National Health Service?

Photo of Mr Arthur Blenkinsop Mr Arthur Blenkinsop , Newcastle upon Tyne East

I can let the hon. Baronet know that out of approximately 10,000 dentists actively engaged in general practice some 9,400 are within the National Health Service.

Photo of Sir John Mellor Sir John Mellor , Sutton Coldfield

Cannot the hon. Gentleman say what proportion of these are registered under the Dentists Acts?

Photo of Mr Arthur Blenkinsop Mr Arthur Blenkinsop , Newcastle upon Tyne East

Not without a quite unreasonable expense in finding out.