HC Deb 07 July 1989 vol 156 c329W
Mr. Fearn

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has any plans to introduce regulations to require dentists to comply with stricter hygiene standards.

Mr. Freeman

No. Regulations already exist under which general dental practitioners are required to furnish their surgeries with adequate equipment and to provide treatment with suitable instruments. And in providing general dental services a dentist must employ a proper degree of skill and attention. Any dentist who fails to comply with his terms of service renders himself vulnerable to disciplinary proceedings. In addition a dentist who fails to employ adequate hygiene procedures would be vulnerable to a charge of unprofessional conduct brought against him by the General Dental Council, which in serious cases is able to order the erasure of a dentist's name from the dental register, thus preventing him from carrying out the practice of dentistry.