Brennan, Joseph

Thursday, 2 December 1971

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 257 No. 6

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dental Benefit Scheme.

Acting on the advice of the Irish Dental Association a number of dentists have withdrawn from my Department's dental benefit scheme but dental treatment will still be available to qualified insured pe...More Button

What I have said, if the Deputy was listening, is that I hope we will be able to cope with the service.More Button

We will have to make do as best we can.More Button

I am not aware that anybody was refused in recent times. Deputy O'Connell, I think, is inclined to mix this scheme up with the public health dentists. It is a different scheme.More Button

I do not think there will be any real hardship. There are a number of questions here which——More Button

I have a three-page reply to the next question.More Button

The present position regarding the dental benefit scheme administered by my Department is that 382 dentists have withdrawn from the dental panel with effect from 1st December, 1971. The scheme has no...More Button

I want to assure the Deputy I had no intention of making a gimmick out of it.More Button

If I took them together the Deputies would probably say it was wrong too.More Button

I should hope not. Not now anyhow.More Button

Dentists who wish to give treatment to insured persons under my Department's dental benefit scheme enter into an agreement with me and their names are inscribed on the dental panel. Normally there a...More Button

I do not agree that there will be any serious hardship.More Button

Last April the Irish Dental Association submitted a claim for a general increase in the scale of fees payable to panel dentists under my Department's dental benefit scheme. Broadly speaking, this rep...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Unemployment Assistance Applicant.

Following review by a deciding officer of the title to unemployment assistance of the person in question, his application was disallowed as from 16th June, 1971, under section 15 (1) (b) of the Unempl...More Button

Yes; he said he had given written proof.More Button

What he would regard as written proof we might not accept as written proof.More Button

It need not be.More Button

I could not say.More Button

The Deputy knows perfectly well that anybody who seeks a written statement that he applied for work and did not succeed in getting it will get that statement. It may not necessarily prove that he cou...More Button

That is a different thing.More Button

Written Answers. - State Company Capital.

I would refer the Deputy to the reply given on 22nd October, 1969, to a Question, No. 383, on this subject.More Button

There are no boards or State companies responsible to me to which this question would apply.More Button

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