Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Questions (236)

Robert Troy

Question:

236. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health if changes will be brought forward to the Dentists Act 1985 which would allow dental hygienists to treat patients without the need for supervision by a dentist; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40697/18]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

My Department is currently developing new legislation to replace the Dentists Act, 1985. The role and the regulation of dental hygienists is being examined in the context of this new legislation. The drafting of the scheme of the Bill has commenced, however it is at an early stage.