Wait­ing for an oral health pol­icy

The Irish Times - - Comment & Letters -

Sir, – I note with great in­ter­est that the dean of the fac­ulty of den­tistry of the Royal Col­lege of Sur­geons in Ire­land Dr John Mar­ley states, in your ar­ti­cle con­cern­ing the im­mi­nent oral health pol­icy, that the Depart­ment of Health failed to con­sult with his fac­ulty on the pol­icy (“Den­tal care re­form a threat to skills of den­tists, RCSI warns”, News, De­cem­ber 5th). This is in­deed sur­pris­ing since the oral health pol­icy has been in prepa­ra­tion for the past four years, time surely to con­sult with ev­ery den­tist in the coun­try, though per­haps not enough time to lis­ten to the problems of hun­dreds of thou­sands of med­i­cal card hold­ers and par­ents of chil­dren who have been suf­fer­ing from an in­ad­e­quate, un­der­funded den­tal ser­vice for the past 20 years.

I was more for­tu­nate than Dr Mar­ley be­cause I was one of a dozen or so gen­eral den­tists who were con­sulted, but my mis­for­tune was that I be­lieve that this con­sul­ta­tion process was aban­doned by the Depart­ment of Health be­fore it was com­pleted.

We con­tinue to wait with bated breath for this pol­icy, in the mak­ing now for four years. – Is mise,

Dr PÁDRAIG Ó REACHTAGÁIN, Den­tal Sur­geon, Ro­screa,

Co Tip­per­ary.

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