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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 9 June 2020

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Questions (352)

Jack Chambers

Question:

352. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Health if a reply will issue to a query (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9904/20]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I have been engaging with the dental profession in recent weeks on the concerns raised in the correspondence - details attached.

Legislative amendments have been made and the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has worked with the dental profession and in particular the Dental Council, to provide revised guidance for the profession t allow for the resumption of the safe provision of routine care. This was in line with Phase 1 of the Government's plan for the easing of COVID-19 restrictions which commenced on 18th May.

The Government has put in place a suite of measures to support small, medium and larger businesses that are negatively impacted by COVID-19 including a Restart grant for which application can be made on line to local authorities. The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation has published a Return to Work Safely Protocol, which is designed to support employers and workers to put measures in place that will prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. The Health and Safety Authority also provides information and advice for employers and employees in this regard.

The HPSC supports the use of the normal Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) used in routine dentistry. The Dental Council has indicated that dentists should take a case by case assessment when deciding if additional PPE is warranted. I am following up with the HSE on the issue of supply of PPE for dentists.

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