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Dentistry in Wales

Drafting report

The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee is undertaking a one-day inquiry on dentistry in Wales.

The Welsh Government’s Together for Health: A National Oral Health Plan for Wales 2013-18 set the direction for oral health and dental services improvement in Wales, and an Annual Report on the Plan is available for 2016-17.

In March 2017, the Welsh Government published Taking Oral Health Improvement and Dental Services Forward in Wales: A Framework outlining priorities for dentistry and a future work programme. This framework sets out the key priorities for oral health improvement and dentistry in Wales in the short to medium term. It also outlines a future work programme that will inform an update of the Oral Health Plan for Wales. One of the three key areas for action within the framework is contract reform and expanding new ways of working within primary care general dental services.

The terms of reference for the inquiry are to:

  • Scrutinise the Welsh Government’s dental contract reform;
  • Consider how ‘clawback money’ from health boards is being used;
  • Consider issues with the training, recruitment and retention of dentists in Wales;
  • Consider the provision of orthodontic services;
  • Consider the effectiveness of local and national oral health improvement programmes for children and young people.


Business type: Committee Inquiry

Reason considered: Assembly Business;

Status: For consideration

First published: 09/07/2018




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