I am considering, and will be discussing with representatives of the dental profession, whether this is the best means of meeting the need for sterility of equipment used in dental practice.
It is not an absurd anomaly. After all, the position obtained in both professions until very recently—certainly until after this Government took office—and I do not want to make any changes until I have finished the consultations I am having with the profession about the rather wider question of sterility, which includes this.
Is the Minister saying that expenditure on all this sort of equipment, which will make for a better dental service, is not included in the practice expenses element laid down in the new dental regulations which are being laid before Parliament? If he is saying that, can he give an assurance that this is a matter that he will certainly discuss with the profession at the very earliest possible opportunity?
No, Sir. I am not saying anything of the kind. The precise opposite is the case. The cost of the syringes is part of the practice expenses which are remunerated in full to the profession as a whole.