HC Deb 19 June 1973 vol 858 cc77-8W
Mr. Pavitt

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, in view of the unfilled demand for dental hygienists which was confirmed in a recent report from the British Dental Association, what steps he is taking to provide more facilities for training hygienists; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Alison

A new training school for dental hygienists was opened in Bristol at the beginning of the current academic year and I understand that Guy's Hospital proposes to treble the size of its present intake of trainees as soon as the new buildings there are completed. Meanwhile all dental teaching hospitals are being asked about their plans for expanding existing facilities or establishing new schools. I understand that the Working Party on Dental Services is also considering the matter.

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