Written answers

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Photo of Brian LeddinBrian Leddin (Limerick City, Green Party)
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722. To ask the Minister for Health the number of dentists who have applied and have been registered, respectively, with the Dental Council from 2021 to date in 2022; the average amount of time that it takes to be registered in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31849/22]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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The Dental Council registered 184 dentists and dental specialists in 2021. It has registered 95 to date in 2022.  The Dental Council advises applicants to apply at least 3 months before they are due to take up a position.  The Dental Council is obliged to process applications within this timeframe under the Professional Qualifications Directive (PQD).  Applications are generally processed within the timeframes provided in the PQD. 

Photo of Brian LeddinBrian Leddin (Limerick City, Green Party)
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723. To ask the Minister for Health the number of Ukranian dentists in Ireland who have applied for or inquired about registration with the Dental Council; the number who have registered to date in 2022, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31850/22]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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Approximately 90 dentists who have left Ukraine have enquired about registration with the Dental Council. It should be noted that some of these are presently living in other EU countries and not all are Ukrainian nationals.  The Dental Council is establishing a new registration pathway to process applications from these dentists.  This pathway is being established in accordance with the provisions of the EU’s Professional Qualifications Directive. The Dental Council is presently finalising this work and it will open to receive applications then.

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