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Health and Medicines Act 1988

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12The Dental Estimates Board and the Scottish Dental Estimates Board—change of name and extension of functions

(1)The Dental Estimates Board shall be renamed as “the Dental Practice Board” and the Scottish Dental Estimates Board shall be renamed as “the Scottish Dental Practice Board”, and—

(a)any enactment or instrument passed or made before the coming into force of this section shall have effect as if for any reference to the Dental Estimates Board there were substituted a reference to the Dental Practice Board and for any reference to the Scottish Dental Estimates Board there were substituted a reference to the Scottish Dental Practice Board; and

(b)documents and forms printed or duplicated for use in connection with the performance of the functions of the Dental Estimates Board or the Scottish Dental Estimates Board may be used notwithstanding that they refer to either or both of those Boards, such references being construed as references to the Dental Practice Board and the Scottish Dental Practice Board.

(2)Section 37 of the National Health Service Act 1977 shall be renumbered so as to become section 37(1) of that Act.

(3)The following subsections shall be inserted—

(a)after the resulting subsection (1); and

(b)after section 4(1) of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978—

(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 paragraph 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.

(4)The following paragraph shall be inserted after paragraph (d) of section 109 of the [1977 c. 49.] National Health Service Act 1977 (which lists the bodies subject to investigation by the Health Service Commissioner for England and the Health Service Commissioner for Wales)—

(dd)the Dental Practice Board;.

(5)The following paragraph shall be inserted after paragraph (b) of section 93(1) of the [1978 c. 29.] National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978 (which lists the bodies subject to investigation by the Health Service Commissioner for Scotland)—

(bb)the Dental Practice Board;.

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