NHS (General Dental Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2016

The Scottish Government

Additional Provision Enabling NHS Boards to Make Unannounced Inspections of Practices providing NHS General Dental Services (GDS)


  1. NHS PCA(D)(2016)3 advised NHS Boards of changes brought into effect by the NHS (General Dental Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2016.
  2. This advice included an amendment to paragraph 42 of Schedule 1, enabling NHS Boards (from 1 st April 2016) to make unannounced practice inspections, where (a) concerns about patient safety were raised during a previous routine inspection by the NHS Board; or (b)
  3. information comes to light that necessitates investigation by the NHS Board.
  4. The Annex to this letter provides Boards with more advice regarding these changes.
  5. NHS Boards are asked to note this further advice and issue the Memorandum (and Annex to this letter) to all dentists and dental bodies corporate on their dental lists.

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