Sir Chris Seeks Impact Assessment Regarding Covid Dental Care
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department undertook a regulatory impact assessment of the decision by the Chief Dental Officer on 25 March 2020 to restrict NHS face-to-face dental care until 8 June 2020; and if he will make a statement.
No such formal regulatory impact assessment was conducted. A high-level impact assessment was carried out, which indicated that service prioritisation was an essential step in allowing dental contractors to tackle COVID-19 and keep patients, dentists and their teams safe. This also described how, without any regulatory change, dental contractors would not be able to follow the necessary infection prevention and control guidance without exposure to legal risk.
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