§ Mr. Harold Davies
asked the Minister of Health if he is aware of the growing dissatisfaction in the dental profession and that the demand for treatment by dental surgeons exceeds the supply, with the result that the general public believes there is indifference on the part of the profession; and what steps he is taking 17W to encourage recruitment to dental surgery, in view of the fact that it is estimated that four to six times more dentists are needed than are at present available.
§ Mr. Barber
More dentists are needed, though nowhere near as many as the hon. Member suggests. The number available is growing and the expansion of the dental schools is going ahead steadily. There is no lack of candidates for them. I believe that the public generally appreciate the energetic response of the profession to the demand for treatment.