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Strong Focus on Dentistry in Special Dail Debate but What Next?

Yesterday's (22nd May 2024) debate in the Dail on the Private Members' motion on dentistry from the Social Democrats featured contributions from over 20 TDs from all political parties and groupings. We wish to thank Deputy Roisin Shortall and the Social Democrats for proposing the motion and the many other deputies who contributed to the debate.

Lengthy Dental Debate at Oireachtas Health Committee

The Oireachtas Health Committee covered a wide range of issues facing dental care in Ireland on May 1st 2024. IDA representatives, along with members of the Dental Council, spoke at length, highlighting a number of critical issues. The hearing was dominated by discussion on the lack of legislation to protect patients; the problems with the school screening service and the medical card scheme, and; the lack of a statutory competence assurance scheme for dentists, amongst others.

Latest figures show over 100,000 children denied school screening dental appointments in 2023 as crisis worsens

The Irish Dental Association Annual Conference hears only 50% of eligible schoolchildren were screened by dentists last year.

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