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Dental Services

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 18 May 2022

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Questions (195)

Verona Murphy


195. Deputy Verona Murphy asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the crisis in retaining dental graduates in Ireland; the discussions that his Department has had with an organisation (details supplied) in this regard; the specific plans that his Department has in place to address the issue of retention of dental graduates in Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25066/22]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

My Department is committed to an integrated health and social care workforce planning approach, which will be progressed in the context of strong engagement with key stakeholders across government including the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, the Higher Education Authority, the HSE, and other government departments to ensure that sufficient workers are being trained in the right disciplines to meet population needs and to agree new ways of training multidisciplinary teams.

I am aware of the need of a suitably skilled workforce to provide appropriate oral healthcare across all settings. I recognise the need for specific workforce planning for oral health.

My Department has had recent engagements with the Irish Dental Association in relation to the Dental Treatment Services Scheme. The Government is committed to the reform of dental services to align with the National Oral Health Policy Smile agus Sláinte, including the development of a dental workforce plan. This will require continued engagement with all dental stakeholders.