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Tuesday, 23 September 1958

Mr J R FRASER - I ask the Minister for Health: Does he know that considerable concern has been expressed among the headmasters of schools in Canberra and members of parents and citizens' associations about the present conditions in the school dental services in this city? Does the Minister know that the absence of one dentist for twelve months on a World Health Organization scholarship has placed a very increased burden on the five other dentists? Is it proposed to retain the present ratio of 1,493 pupil patients per dentist or will action be taken to ease the position so that the ratio of pupils to dentist will more nearly approach 850:1, which has been estimated as desirable, and which was the original figure?

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