Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Ceisteanna (196)

John Paul Phelan

Ceist:

200 Deputy John Paul Phelan asked the Minister for Health his plans to introduce legislation permitting dental hygienists to practice independently of dentists here, as they do in the neighbouring jurisdiction; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23245/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Health)

My Department has a very extensive legislative programme under way at present. A significant amendment of the Dentists Act 1985 is to be undertaken as part of this programme and a preliminary examination of the issues involved has commenced. In amending this Act, the issues relating to auxiliary dental professions, including dental hygienists, will also be considered.