§ Mr. Weetch
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) whether he has issued a circular on emergency dental treatment at weekends and bank holidays to area health authorities; and whether he will make a statement;
(2) what response he has received from area health authorities on emergency dental services; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Sir George Young
Following agreement with representatives of the profession on the remaining details referred to in my reply to the hon. Member on 29 October—[Vol. 972, c.442]—a health notice on the provision of emergency dental services is about to be issued. I shall send the hon. Member a copy.
Health authorities and family practitioner committees will be asked to consider, with area and local dental committees, the extent of the need for emergency services and it will be for the authorities to decide what services to establish.