Private dental practices will be able to reopen next week, the Health Minister has announced - although guidance around surgery still hasn’t been drawn up.
Deputy Richard Renouf told the States Assembly this morning that the Public Health Health is currently working on guidelines with the Jersey Dental Association.
It is intended that protocols will be shared with the industry by the end of the week to prepare premises and practises to new procedures before the reopening on Monday 1 June.
However, as Deputy David Johnson highlighted, this will only leave one working day for practices to prepare ahead of the reopening, while a “considerable number of patients are currently suffering from the current breakdown”.
Pictured: Health Minister, Deputy Richard Renouf.
Deputy Renouf repeated that his department will intend to have the guidance ready by the end of the week.
He described the drafting as complex due to the risks involved in dental surgery and told States Members “good precautionary hygiene measures” need to be decided.
He added that Jersey is “leading the way” as dental practices remain closed in the UK.
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