HC Deb 30 July 1962 vol 664 cc26-7
42. Mrs. Slater

asked the Minister of Health to what extent dentists are refusing to take adults on their lists under the National Health Service.

Mr. Powell

Dentists do not have lists of patients under the National Health Service.

Mrs. Slater

Does not the right hon. Gentleman know that there are people who, because they take their children to a dentist, consider themselves to be on that dentist's list? Is he not aware that, because of the revised conditions, some dentists are saying that they will treat the children, but not the parents, the parents being those who are most likely to want to have teeth out and have new dentures fitted, which is the heaviest cost to them?

Mr. Powell

It has always been the case, since the inception of the general dental service, that dentists were free to accept or not to accept a particular patient for a particular treatment, and vice versa, but I will look at any case of difficulty which has come to the hon. Lady's attention.

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