HC Deb 06 November 1979 vol 973 cc156-7W
Mr. Haynes

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, in view of the non-availability of routine dental care for some mentally handicapped patients in hospitals in the Central Nottinghamshire health district, if he will make arrangements with local general practitioner dentists to fulfil this role.

Sir George Young

Local general dental practitioners have been asked to provide such care, but only one is willing to do so. Nottinghamshire AHA(T) hopes shortly to appoint an assistant dental surgeon/senior dental officer with responsibility for mentally handicapped patients in the Central Nottinghamshire district. This should greatly improve the service provided.