Dental Services

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:30 pm on 19th May 2004.

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Photo of Lord Clement-Jones Lord Clement-Jones Shadow Minister, Spokesperson On Older People 2:30 pm, 19th May 2004

My Lords, with only three-fifths of adults and two-fifths of children in this country registered with an NHS dentist, there is clearly a crisis of confidence among the dental profession. That is why it is so difficult for adults and children to register with an NHS dentist. What the Minister has said does not really address that crisis of confidence, when the BDA survey shows a huge lack of confidence in the future in terms of contractual obligations. Dentists fear that a treadmill is being created and they have doubts about the PCTs' capacity to cope in those circumstances. What are the Government going to about it?