§ Mr. Pavitt
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if there has been any change in the National Health Service requirement for a dentist to provide his patient with form FP 17D as proof of his acceptance for National Health Service dentistry; if such a requirement remains part of the terms of service in view of the ruling of the Calderdale family practitioner committee as sent to him by the hon. Member for Brent, South; if he proposes to issue further advice to family practitioner committees; and if he will make a statement.
§ Dr. Vaughan
There has been no change in the requirement for a dentist to provide his patient with form FP 17D showing acceptance for NHS dental treatment. This remains part of general dental practitioners' terms of service. .
My right hon. Friend accepted the findings of the Calderdale family practitioner committee that the dentist was in breach of his terms of service and endorsed its recommendations. General dental practitioners should be fully aware of their terms of service and I do not consider that further advice to family practitioner committees on this matter is necessary.