Dental Service, London

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th July 1950.

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Photo of Mr Marcus Lipton Mr Marcus Lipton , Lambeth Brixton 12:00 am, 20th July 1950

asked the Minister of Education what steps are taken in the London area to provide temporary replacements for school dental officers absent from duty on account of leave or indisposition.

Photo of Mr George Tomlinson Mr George Tomlinson , Farnworth

I understand that the London County Council and other local education authorities do not as a rule find it practicable to employ substitutes for dental officers who are temporarily absent. In these circumstances, emergency cases in London are usually referred to the nearest available clinic, or, if the absence is prolonged, arrangements may be made for the dental officer of another clinic to attend once or twice a week for emergency work.

Photo of Mr Marcus Lipton Mr Marcus Lipton , Lambeth Brixton

Is my right hon. Friend aware that, to quote one example, the Brixton treatment centre, which is normally open for 11 sessions weekly, has had to close completely because the dentist is away ill and that the present 10 weeks' waiting list in nearby centres is bound to increase as a consequence?

Photo of Mr George Tomlinson Mr George Tomlinson , Farnworth

Yes, I am aware of the difficulties. I think the House knows the difficulties of the school dental service, and that we are doing all we can to expedite a solution of the problem which will enable us to put the service on a better footing.