Dentistry: Dental Hygienists

House of Lords written question – answered on 8th January 2013.

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Photo of Lord Lea of Crondall Lord Lea of Crondall Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they plan to take on patients' access to dental hygienists following the recommendations of the Office of Fair Trading report on dentistry published in May 2012.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Access to dental care professionals (DCPs), including dental hygienists, is a matter for the General Dental Council (GDC). Following the publication of the Office of Fair Treading report on dentistry, the GDC has initiated a review of direct access to DCPs. The review is expected to report in early 2013.

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