HC Deb 15 October 1946 vol 427 cc187-8W
Mr. Mitchison

asked the Minister of National Insurance whether he is aware that a dentist in Kettering has refused to accept a dental letter issued by an approved society or to undertake treatment of the patient upon the ground that a dispute exists between his, the dentist's, association and the Government; whether he will make a statement on this dispute; to what association and to how many dentists it extends in the Kettering Division; and whether he will give a list of dentists willing to undertake treatment against letters issued by approved societies, or will otherwise facilitate the provision of dental treatment to insured persons in the Kettering area.

Mr. Steele

I am sending my hon. Friend a copy of a letter which my right hon. Friend sent to the chairman of the Joint Advisory Dental Council on 12th September, and which will, I hope, sufficiently explain the present difficulties which insured persons are experiencing in securing dental benefit. I am not aware of the circumstances of the particular case referred to, nor is it possible for me to supply information as to the position in particular areas. It is not a responsibility of my Department to make dental treatment available, but I am confident that approved societies will do whatever is possible to assist their members to secure treatment at the prescribed scale of fees.