HC Deb 30 July 1962 vol 664 cc23-4
30. Mr. Dugdale

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the shortage of dentists in West Bromwich; and what proposals he has to meet it.

Mr. Powell

Yes, Sir. The number of dentists qualifying and of treatments given in the general dental service continues to rise rapidly.

Mr. Dugdale

Is the Minister aware that, according to my information, the number of dental practitioners is ten for a population of 80,000? Is he aware that those in authority have already described it as truly appalling?

Mr. Powell

I agree with the right hon. Gentleman that the proportion of dentists to the population in West Bromwich is much lower than in most parts of the country. I have no power to direct dentists to particular areas, but the continuing and rapid increase both in the numbers of dentists and of treatment is bound to bring relief.

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