Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health

National Oral Health Policy: Discussion (Resumed)

Dr. Joe Green:

I will come back to the Senator on it. I will also come back to him to confirm the number of primary care centres with dental facilities. We have 221 locations. That takes account of over 430 dental surgeries. Certain dental equipment safety standards have to be met to ensure infection control is up to speed. We tend to take a ten or 15-year view on the installation of a dental surgery. If a primary care centre is being developed on the same campus as an existing dental clinic, it may not be appropriate to include a new dental facility on the same site.