§ 29. Dr. Broughton
asked the Minister of Health what was the number of dentists serving in the National Health Service on 5th July, 1948; and what is the latest available figure.
§ Dr. Broughton
Does my right hon. Friend regard this considerable increase as being due to the financial attraction of the service, and can he say whether the dentists' scale of fees is now under review again?
§ Mr. Bevan
I am unable to estimate how much influence the scale of fees had on the recruitment of dentists. That is a subjective subject on which I am not able to pass an opinion. However, I am delighted that the number has gone up to its present size. I am also considering at the present time making appli- 2178 cation for a further reduction in certain of the scales.
§ Mr. Austin
Is my right hon. Friend aware that this substantial increase is in part due to the fact that a certain number of dentists have been attracted from the school dental service by the substantial scales offered?
§ Mr. Tolley
Can my right hon. Friend give figures relative to the number of dentists who originally joined the scheme and who have now left it?