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Dental Services

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients accessed primary care dental services in each quarter since the quarter ending June 2004 (a) in England and (b) broken down by primary care trust area. (123140)

Information on patients accessing national health service dental services is not held centrally for each quarter and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Information on patients seen in the last 24 months is published quarterly and has been placed in the Library, at England, strategic health authority and primary care trust level. This statistic has been published since March 2006.

Data for the new primary care trusts will be published on 23 March 2007.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what total patient charge revenue income her Department expects each primary care trust to receive in 2006-07 through the delivery of primary dental services. (124938)

A table listing the primary dental service resource allocations for 2006-07 for all primary care trusts (PCTs) in England as at 31 July 2006 is available in the Library. This sets out the net allocations awarded to PCTs and the assumed gross budgets based on illustrative assumptions about levels of patient charge income for each PCT. Strategic health authorities agreed with their PCTs locally how these allocations would be redistributed within the new PCT areas that took effect from 1 October 2006.

A number of factors may affect the actual levels of patient charge income in a financial year, including the annual number of units of dental activity commissioned by PCTs, the time needed for new dental services to be commissioned and to come into operation, the timeliness of the reports submitted by dentists on completed courses of treatment, changes in the mix of charge-paying and charge-exempt patients treated, and the incidence of certain charge-free courses of treatment for patients who would normally pay charges.