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Dentistry

Volume 453: debated on Tuesday 28 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients received dental treatment at an NHS walk-in centre in each month since 1 April 2005. (103804)

Following the introduction of the dental reforms, regular information will be made available on the number of patients who receive care or treatment from national health service primary care dentists on one or more occasions within a rolling 24-month period.

The Information Centre for health and social care expect to publish the first information from the new measure at the end of this month. This is expected to give information on the 24-month periods ending respectively 31 March, 30 June and 30 September 2006.

The information on patients seen in the last 24 months will include patients receiving care or treatment in all dental primary care settings including dental access centres. It is not currently held in form that can be broken down into individual months or by type of service.

NHS walk-in centres are nurse led and do not normally provide dental treatment.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients visited an NHS dentist in each month since 1 April 2006. (103805)

Following the introduction of the dental reforms, regular information will be made available on the number of patients who receive care or treatment from national health service primary care dentists on one or more occasions within a rolling 24-month period.

The Information Centre for health and social care expects to publish the first information from the new measure at the end of this month. This is expected to give information on the 24-month periods ending respectively 31 March, 30 June and 30 September 2006.

The information on patients seen in the last 24 months is not currently held in a form that can be broken down into individual months.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what method her Department is using to measure patient access to NHS dental care following the end of patient registration upon the implementation of the new general dental services contract. (103806)

The Department will measure the number of patients who receive care or treatment from national health service primary care dentists on one or more occasions within a rolling 24-month period.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines recommend recall intervals of up to 24 months based on individual oral health. The old registration system required dentists to maintain their registration income and to recall all registered patients at least once every 15 months regardless of their oral health. The new system allows dentists to recall patients at intervals based on their individual oral health needs and the 24-month period chosen to measure access reflects this.

The Information Centre for health and social care expects to publish the first information from the new measure at the end of this month. This is expected to give information on the 24-month periods ending respectively 31 March, 30 June and 30 September 2006.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance is given by her Department to primary care trusts regarding the administration of patient charges for NHS dental services. (103807)

Guidance for primary care trusts on the administration of patient charges was included in one of a series of factsheets (factsheet 4—PCT allocations for primary care dentistry 2006-07 and patient charge income) which were issued on 8 December 2005 and placed on both the Department's and the national health service primary care contracting’s websites, and copies have been placed in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the projected shortfall is in patient charge revenue from NHS dental services. (103823)

We are not able to estimate with certainty the full levels of income likely to be raised this year from patient charges. It takes time for clear patterns to emerge, given the time-lags between dentists completing courses of treatment, dentists submitting data to the National Health Service Business Services Authority who are processing the data.