§ 34. Mr. Parker
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the shortage of dental staff in Dagenham; and whether he will take steps to improve the position.
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health (Miss Edith Pitt)
I am aware of the shortage of dental staff in Dagenham, which is part of a general problem affecting the country as a whole. Measures have been taken to implement all the main recommendations of the McNair Committee on Recruitment to the Dental Profession. My right hon. and learned Friend gave details of the Government's plans to expand training facilities in reply to a Question on 16th November last. Arrangements are also in hand for the training of dental ancillaries who will undertake some of the simpler dental operations, thus relieving the burden on dentists, especially in the local authority service.
§ Dr. Summerskill
Can the hon. Lady say how far short the training facilities are of the McNair recommendations?
§ Miss Pitt
I cannot say how far short they are, but my right hon. and learned Friend has explained to the House on previous occasions the developments which are taking place and the extra training places which are being provided. I think he also told the House that there is no shortage of recruits and that all existing places are filled.