§ 19. Mr. Geoffrey Cooper
asked the Minister of Health what steps he intends to take to safeguard the quality of dental treatment in view of the proposed reduction in dental fees under the National Health Scheme, and under which dentists who maintain the highest standards of work have found the present fees to be less remunerative than before the health scheme was introduced.
§ Mr. Cooper
Would my right hon. Friend agree that the methods and rates of remuneration should be worked out in such a way as to encourage the best work and to discourage those who do hasty and shoddy work? Would he consider any representations that might be made to him with that end in view?
§ Mr. Bevan
Certainly, Sir. The purpose of the weighting of the original scales was to encourage the dentists to conserve teeth and not take them out unnecessarily. The recent reduction has been necessary in order to bring about economies, but I am always ready to meet representatives of the dental profession who have proposals to make.
§ Lieut.-Colonel Lipton
Does machinery exist for dealing with those dentists who have turned away patients solely on the pretext that their fees have now been cut?
§ Mr. Hastings
Does not my right hon. Friend agree that it is practically impossible to ensure good quality work when dentists are paid for the work done?