HC Deb 19 October 1949 vol 468 cc599-600

Subsection (1) of section forty of the Act of 1946 and subsection (1) of section thirty-nine of the Act of 1947, (which require Executive Councils to make arrangements in accordance with regulations for the provision of general dental services by dental practitioners) shall be amended by the addition at the end of each of those subsections of the following provision:

Provided that the remuneration to be paid under such arrangements to a dental practitioner who provides general dental services elsewhere than at a health centre shall not, except in special circumstances, consist wholly or mainly of a fixed salary.

—[Mr. Bevan.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

Mr. Bevan

I beg to move, "That the Clause be read a Second time."

The purpose of this Clause is to carry out in the case of dentists the same guarantees or undertakings that were advanced in the case of general practitioners. It provides that, except at health centres, dentists should never be paid wholly or mainly by fixed salary. There are special exceptions, as there were in the case of general practitioners, but there is no need to explain the matter. It has been asked for by the dental profession and there is no reason why we should not make the provision.

Question put, and agreed to.

Clause read a Second time, and added to the Bill.