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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-20530: Alexander Burnett (Aberdeenshire West)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 11 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason over 1,000 NHS dental practices are reported to be exempt from the higher standard of Health Improvement Scotland inspection and enforcement.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 21 December 2018

NHS dental practices and practices with a combination of NHS and private work are regulated by the local health board. using the Combined Practice Inspection (CPI) checklist for regulation and inspection which has been in place since 1 January 2014. The CPI Checklist combines Health Board and Vocational Training inspection items and includes items from the National Standards for Dental Services. Healthcare Improvement Scotland now regulate wholly private dental practices and will use the CPI process. If HIS did not undertake inspections for wholly private dental practices, there would be no inspection regime in place for these providers because they are not affiliated to a health board.