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Extra regulation for Wales’ private dentists

Legislation coming into force next year is to add another level of regulation to Welsh dentists offering private care to their patients.

The Private Dentistry (Wales) Regulations 2008 will take effect from 1 January 2009, requiring practitioners providing any non-NHS dental treatment to register with the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW).

The HIW is the healthcare regulator for Wales, under the Care Standards Act 2000.

Once the legislation comes into effect, it will be responsible for inspecting and regulating private dental provision (both individuals and premises) across the country.

The act will cover wholly private and mixed practice dentists alike, and comes in addition to any NHS performer list obligations.

Clinical dental technicians are currently exempt from the legislation.

Dentists already in practice will be granted a six-month ‘transition period', needing to submit a completed application form (available from the HIW website, www.hiw.org.uk) by 30 June 2009.

Any dentists not practising in the country before 1 January, but who wish to offer private dentistry in Wales from next year, will need to register with HIW before they can provide any private treatment at all.

This applies to all dentists, including non-UK nationals, locums and vocational dental practitioners.

The Welsh Assembly maintains it has tried to ‘minimise the level of bureaucracy' in the process for existing private dentists.

Practitioners offering private work but still on the NHS dental performers list will only need to supply a statement that they are complying with the regulations (and will continue to do so), provide the name and address of the local health board they are listed with, and give details of any conditions imposed on them by the GDC.

They will also need to supply an enhanced criminal records certificate.

The chief dental officer for Wales, Dr Paul Langmaid, was positive about the impact of the legislation.

He said: ‘These regulations will ensure that private dental treatment in Wales is regulated to the same high standard as NHS care. Uniformity of regulation between NHS and private care is important as many patients often choose to supplement their NHS care with private treatment, often from the same dental practice.

They will provide a mechanism for continuous improvement in both the provision of private dental treatment and clinical governance throughout primary dental care in Wales.'

He added that registering practitioners will help identify where wholly private care is being offered as well as highlighting the movement of dentists between different dental practices in the country.


 Posted on : Wed 26th - Nov - 2008

 

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