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General dental servicesE+W+S

35 Arrangements for general dental services.E+W+S

[F1(1)It is the duty [F2of every Primary Care Trust and] of every [F3Health Authority], in accordance with regulations, to make as respects their [F4area] arrangements with dental practitioners [F5or dental corporations] under which any person in the [F4area] for whom a dental practitioner [F5or dental corporation] undertakes in accordance with the arrangements to provide dental treatment and appliances shall receive such treatment and appliances.

(1A)The services so provided are referred to in this Act as general dental services.]

(2)The remuneration to be paid under such arrangements to a dental practitioner who [F6, or dental corporation which,] provides general dental services elsewhere than at a health centre shall not consist wholly or mainly of a fixed salary [F7(or, in the case of a dental corporation, a fixed rate of remuneration)] unless either—

(a)the remuneration is paid in pursuance of arrangements made under section 56 below, or

(b)the services are provided in prescribed circumstances and the practitioner [F8or corporation] consents,

and it shall be the Secretary of State’s duty, before he prescribes any circumstances for the purposes of paragraph (b), to consult such organisations as appear to him to be representative of the dental profession.

[F9(3)Where the registration of a dental practitioner in the dentists register is suspended—

(a)by an order under [F10section 32 of the M1Dentists Act 1984] (interim suspension); or

(b)by a direction or [F11an order of the Health Committee under] that Act (health cases),

the suspension shall not terminate any arrangements made with him for the provision of general dental services, but he shall not provide such services in person during the suspension.

(4)Regulations may provide for the making of payments in consequence of suspension to a dental practitioner whose registration is so suspended.]

[F12(5)In this Act, “dental corporation” means a body corporate which carries on the business of dentistry (within the meaning of section 40 of the Dentists Act 1984 (c. 24)).]

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F1S. 35(1)(1A) substituted for s. 35(1) by S.I. 1985/39, art. 7(9)

F3Words in s. 35(1) substituted (28.6.1995 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.4.1996) by 1995 c. 17, ss. 2(1)(3), 8(1), Sch. 1 Pt. I para. 24(a) (with Sch. 2 para. 6)

F4Words in s. 35(1) substituted (28.6.1995 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.4.1996) by 1995 c. 17, ss. 2(1)(3), 8(1), Sch. 1 Pt. I para. 24(b) (with Sch. 2 para. 6)

F5Words in s. 35(1) inserted (22.11.2001 for E. and 1.7.2002 for W.) by 2001 c. 15, ss. 22(2)(a)(i)(ii), 70(2) (with ss. 64(9), 65(4)); S.I. 2001/3738, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 Pt. I; S.I. 2002/1475, art. 2(1), Sch. Pt. 1

F6Words in s. 35(2) inserted (22.11.2001 for E. and 1.7.2002 for W.) by 2001 c. 15, ss. 22(2)(b)(i), 70(2) (with ss. 64(9), 65(4)); S.I. 2001/3738, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 Pt. I; S.I. 2002/1475, art. 2(1), Sch. Pt. 1

F7Words in s. 35(2) inserted (22.11.2001 for E. and 1.7.2002 for W.) by 2001 c. 15, ss. 22(2)(b)(ii), 70(2) (with ss. 64(9), 65(4)); S.I. 2001/3738, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 Pt. I; S.I. 2002/1475, art. 2(1), Sch. Pt. 1

F8Words in s. 35(2)(b) inserted (22.11.2001 for E. and 1.7.2002 for W.) by 2001 c. 15, ss. 22(2)(b)(iii), 70(2) (with ss. 64(9), 65(4)); S.I. 2001/3738, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 Pt. I; S.I. 2002/1475, art. 2(1), Sch. Pt. 1

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C1S. 35 restricted (28.11.1997) by 1997 c. 46, s. 1(5)(b); S.I. 1997/2620, art. 2(2)

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36Regulations as to s. 35.E+W+S

[F13(1)]Regulations may provide as to the arrangements to be made under section 35 above, and shall include provision—

[F14(a)for the preparation and publication by each Primary Care Trust and by each Health Authority of a list of dental practitioners and dental corporations who undertake to provide general dental services for persons in the area of the Primary Care Trust or Health Authority;]

(b)for conferring a right, subject to [F15[F16subsections [F17(2) to (7)]]below [F18to any provision made under section 43C below] and to] the provisions of this Part of this Act relating to the disqualification of practitioners [F19and to section 8 of the Health and Medicines Act 1988 and regulations under that section], on any dental practitioner [F20or dental corporation], who wishes to be included in any such list, to be so included;

F21(c). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(d)for the removal from the list of dental practitioners [F22and dental corporations] undertaking to provide general dental services for persons in any [F23area] of the name of any one in whose case it has been determined in such manner as may be prescribed that he has never provided, or has ceased to provide, such general dental services for persons in that [F23area].

[F24(1A)The regulations may include provision as to—

(a)information which must be supplied to a [F25Primary Care Trust or] Health Authority by, or by arrangement with, a dental practitioner or dental corporation included or seeking inclusion in a list referred to in subsection (1)(a); and

(b)the supply to a [F25Primary Care Trust or] Health Authority—

(i)by a dental practitioner who is included, or seeking inclusion, in such a list, or

(ii)by a director of a dental corporation included, or seeking inclusion, in such a list,

of a criminal conviction certificate under section 112 of the Police Act 1997 (c. 50), a criminal record certificate under section 113 of that Act or an enhanced criminal record certificate under section 115 of that Act.]

[F26(1B)The regulations may include provision as to the making of declarations about—

(a)financial interests;

(b)gifts above a prescribed value; and

(c)other benefits received.

(1C)Before making regulations by virtue of subsection (1B), the Secretary of State must consult such organisations as he thinks fit appearing to him to represent dental practitioners and dental corporations providing general dental services.]

[F27(2)No dental practitioner who is a national of a member State and is registered by virtue of a qualification granted in a member State shall be entitled to have his name included in the list kept by any [F28Primary Care Trust or][F29Health Authority] unless he satisfies [F29the [F28Primary Care Trust or] Health Authority] that he has that knowledge of English which, in the interests of himself and his patients, is necessary for the provision of general dental services in the [F30area of the Primary Care Trust or Health Authority] .]

[F31(3)Regulations may make the exercise of the right conferred by virtue of paragraph (b) of subsection (1) above subject to any provision made by or under the regulations, and, in such cases as may be prescribed, may confer a right of appeal to a prescribed body in respect of a refusal to include a dental practitioner [F20or dental corporation] on such a list as is referred to in paragraph (a) of that subsection.]

[F32(4)The provision which may be made by regulations under subsection (3) includes, in particular, provision in relation to grounds on which a [F33Primary Care Trust or] Health Authority may, or must, refuse to include a dental practitioner or a dental corporation in a list referred to in subsection (1)(a) (including grounds corresponding to the conditions referred to in section 49F(2), (3) and (4) as read with section 49H below).

(5)Those regulations may make provision in relation to criteria to be applied in making decisions under the regulations.

(6)If those regulations provide that a [F34Primary Care Trust or] Health Authority may refuse to include a dental practitioner or dental corporation in such a list, they must also provide for an appeal (by way of redetermination) to the FHSAA against the [F35decision of the Primary Care Trust or of the Health Authority] .

(7)Regulations may provide for grounds on which a [F36Primary Care Trust or] Health Authority may defer a decision whether or not to grant an application for inclusion in a list referred to in subsection (1)(a).

(8)Regulations may make provision as to the disclosure by a [F37Primary Care Trust or] Health Authority, to prescribed persons or persons of prescribed descriptions, of information of a prescribed description about dental practitioners and dental corporations seeking inclusion in such a list, and refusals by the [F38Primary Care Trust or] Health Authority to include them.]

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F15Words inserted by S.I. 1981/432, art. 3(3)(a)

F17Words in s. 36(1)(b) substituted (22.11.2001 for certain purposes for E., 14.12.2001 for all other purposes (except those relating to the provision of pharmaceutical services under the 1977 Act) for E. and 1.7.2002 for W.) by 2001 c. 15, ss. 20(4)(a), 70(2) (with ss. 64(9), 65(4)); S.I. 2001/3738, art. 2(2), Sch. 1 Pt. II; S.I. 2002/1475, art. 2(1), Sch. Pt. 1

F20Words in s. 36(1)(b) inserted (22.11.2001 for E. and 1.7.2002 for W.) by 2001 c. 15, ss. 22(3)(b)(d), 70(2) (with ss. 64(9), 65(4)); S.I. 2001/3738, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 Pt. I; S.I. 2002/1475, art. 2(1), Sch. Pt. 1

F22Words in s. 36(1)(a)(d) inserted (22.11.2001 for E. and 1.7.2002 for W.) by 2001 c. 15, ss. 22(3)(a)(c), 70(2) (with ss. 64(9), 65(4)); S.I. 2001/3738, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 Pt. I; S.I. 2002/1475, art. 2(1), Sch. Pt. 1

F23Words in s. 36(1)(d) substituted (28.6.1995 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.4.1996) by 1995 c. 17, ss. 2(1)(3), 8(1), Sch. 1 Pt. I para. 25(a)

F24S. 36(1A) inserted (22.11.2001 for certain purposes for E., 14.12.2001 for all other purposes (except those relating to the provision of pharmaceutical services under the 1977 Act) for E. and 1.7.2002 for W.) by 2001 c. 15, ss. 20(4)(b), 70(2) (with ss. 64(9), 65(4)); S.I. 2001/3738, art. 2(2), Sch. 1 Pt. II; S.I. 2002/1475, art. 2(1), Sch. Pt. 1

F26S. 36(1B)(1C) inserted (1.7.2002 for W., otherwise prosp.) by 2001 c. 15, ss. 23(3), 70(2) (with ss. 64(9), 65(4)); S.I. 2002/1475, art. 2(1) Sch. Pt. 1

F29Words in s. 36(2) substituted (28.6.1995 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.4.1996) by 1995 c. 17, ss. 2(1)(3), 8(1), Sch. 1 Pt. I para. 25(b)(i)(ii)(iii) (with Sch. 2 para. 6)

F32S. 36(4)-(8) inserted (22.11.2001 for certain purposes for E., 14.12.2001 for all other purposes (except those relating to the provision of pharmaceutical services under the 1977 Act) for E. and 1.7.2002 for W.) by 2001 c. 15, ss. 20(4)(c), 70(2) (with ss. 64(9), 65(4)); S.I. 2001/3738, art. 2(2), Sch. 1 Pt. II; S.I. 2002/1475, art. 2(1) Sch. Pt. 1

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37 Dental Estimates Board.E+W+S

[F39(1)]Regulations providing as to the arrangements to be made under section 35 above shall include provision—

(a)for constituting a Board, to be called the Dental Estimates Board, of whom the chairman and a majority of the members shall be dental practitioners, for the purpose of carrying out such duties as may be prescribed with respect to . . . F40 dental treatment and appliances, and to the remuneration of dental practitioners providing general dental services;

(b)for providing in relation to that Board for any of the matters for which, in relation to [F41a [F42Strategic Health Authority]], provision is or may be made by or under Part III of Schedule 5 to this Act.

[F43(1A)Regulations may empower the Dental Practice Board—

(a)to direct a dental practitioner to submit to the Board, in relation to treatment which he has carried out or contemplates carrying out or to a description of such treatment specified in the direction, such estimates and information and such radiographs, models or other items as may be prescribed; and

(b)to direct a dental practitioner not to carry out treatment, or a description of treatment specified in the direction, without first obtaining approval of an estimate from the Board.

(1B)If regulations include any such provision as is mentioned in subsection (1A)(b) above, regulations shall confer on a dental practitioner in whose case a direction such as is mentioned in that pargraph has been given a right of appeal against the direction to a prescribed person or body, but before making regulations conferring such a right the Secretary of State shall consult such organisations as appear to him to be representative of persons providing general dental services.

(1C)Regulations may be made authorising or requiring the Dental Practice Board to carry on any such additional activity relating to the provision of general dental services as may be prescribed and, without prejudice to the generality of this subsection, to conduct or commission surveys or other research relating to the provision of such services.]

[F44(2)In subsections (1A) and (1B), references to a dental practitioner include references to a dental corporation.]

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F41Words in s. 37(1)(b) substituted (28.6.1995 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.4.1996) 1995 c. 17, ss. 2(1)(3), 8(1), Sch. 1 Pt. I para. 26 (with Sch. 2 para. 6)

F44S. 37(2) inserted (22.11.2001 for E. and 1.7.2002 for W.) by 2001 c. 15, ss. 22(4), 70(2) (with ss. 64(9), 65(4)); S.I. 2001/3738, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 Pt. I; S.I. 2002/1475, art. 2(1), Sch. Pt. 1

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C4S. 37 extended (1.11.1999 for E. and 9.2.2001 for W.) by 1999 c. 8, ss. 39(2), 67; S.I. 1999/2793, art. 2(1)(a), Sch. 1; S.I. 2001/270, art. 2(a)

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