New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group: Dental Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 17th September 2020.

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Photo of Lord Woolley of Woodford Lord Woolley of Woodford Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that at least one member of New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group has expert knowledge of the dental profession.

Photo of Lord Bethell Lord Bethell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) is an advisory group that advises on the threats posed by new and emerging respiratory virus threats and options for their management. Membership is decided by the Chair and signed off by the Chief Medical Officer.

Currently there is no specific dental expertise among NERVTAG membership, as the group cannot have representation from every occupation it covers. However, it frequently brings in experts for meetings on specific topics.

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