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General Dental Services (Amendment No. 2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001

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Amendment of Schedule 2 to the principal Regulations

6.—(1) Schedule 2 to the principal Regulations (terms of service for dentists) is amended as follows.

(2) In paragraph 16 (mixing of general dental services and private care and treatment)—

(a)at the end of sub-paragraph (3)(a) delete “and”; and

(b)after sub-paragraph (3)(b) add—

; or

(c)where the treatment involves the administration of general anaesthesia, in which case the treatment shall be provided wholly under general dental services or wholly privately..

(3) in paragraph 21 (general anaesthesia and sedation)—

(a)in sub-paragraph (1) after “is necessary,” insert “he shall do so only if his name is included in the Board’s general anaesthesia list and”;

(b)in sub-paragraph (1)(a) for “a doctor or another dentist experienced in the administration of general anaesthesia” substitute “an appropriately qualified doctor”; and

(c)after sub-paragraph (3) add—

(4) In this paragraph “an appropriately qualified doctor” means a doctor who is—

(a)on the specialist register of the General Medical Council as an anaesthetist; or

(b)working under supervision as part of a Royal College of Anaesthetists' approved training programme; or

(c)an anaesthetist other than a consultant anaesthetist employed by a hospital under the supervision of a named consultant anaesthetist employed by the anaesthetic department of the same hospital..

(4) After paragraph 33 (premises etc.) insert—

Premises: general anaesthesia

33A.(1) A dentist whose name has been included in the general anaesthesia list shall notify the Board of any change of address of his practice premises, and inform the Board whether he wishes to perform treatment under general anaesthesia at his new practice premises.

(2) Where the dentist informs the Board that he does not wish to perform treatment under general anaesthesia at his new practice premises, the Board shall remove the dentist’s name from its general anaesthesia list forthwith.

(3) Where the dentist informs the Board that he wishes to perform treatment under general anaesthesia at his new practice premises, he shall apply to the Board in writing to continue to be included in its general anaesthesia list.

(4) The provisions of paragraphs (6) to (12) of regulation 5F shall be applied to an application under paragraph (3) as if it were an application for inclusion in the general anaesthesia list.

(5) The dentist shall not provide treatment under general anaesthesia at his new practice premises unless his application or, in the case of an appeal, his appeal, is determined in his favour.

(6) A dentist whose name is included in the general anaesthesia list shall, at any time during the hours during which his practice premises are usually open for the provision of general dental services, admit a dental officer or a person authorised by the Board for the purpose of inspecting any practice premises of his at which treatment under general anaesthesia is or may be provided, whether or not notice has been given..

(5) In paragraph 40 (general anaesthetics), delete “or another dentist”.

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