The Dental Council has written to the Minister for Health seeking an urgent meeting regarding the weaknesses in the present regulatory framework. The recent Prime Time programme revealed a number of cases where patient safety has been compromised by the lack of an appropriate regulatory environment.
There has been no contact from the Minister or his officials since the programme aired on the 7 September to discuss the serious issues raised, and the Minister has not yet acknowledged the letter the Dental Council hand-delivered to his office on 5 October. This letter is available below.
It is exactly two years since the Dental Council, at the Department of Health’s request, made a submission to the Minister on the changes needed to the Dentists Act, 1985 to ensure it provides a sufficient protection to the public. There has been no engagement with the Minister or his officials on the submission in the two years since it was sent.