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Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 24 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the adequacy of orthodontic service provision in Hampshire; and if she will make a statement. (110886)

It is the responsibility of primary care trusts (PCTs) to assess local health needs and develop services to reflect those needs. The dental reforms introduced in April 2006 mean that, for the first time, PCTs have integrated responsibility for all national health service orthodontic services across both primary and secondary care and have much greater ability to shape these services to reflect local needs.