HC Deb 24 June 1963 vol 679 cc924-5
14. Mr. Lubbock

asked the Minister of Health how many dental technicians were prosecuted during the year ended 31st December 1962, for work in connection with dentures contrary to the provisions of the Dentists Act, 1957; and what evidence is available to show the prevalence of this type of practice by technicians.

Mr. Braine

I understand there were six; I have no other evidence.

Mr. Lubbock

Is not this an indication that members of the public are finding that denture work by dental technicians is satisfactory, in spite of the fact that they have not had the services of dentists in providing them? Is not this a reason for considering whether dental technicians should be enabled to undertake dental work, provided that they are suitably qualified, on a legal basis?

Mr. Braine

I do not disagree with the first part of what the hon. Gentleman says, but I think that there are wider considerations in relation to the latter half of his supplementary question. In regard to any evidence of abuse, the General Dental Council will consider all evidence submitted to it about such practices.

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