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Dental Services: Birmingham

Volume 459: debated on Friday 20 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions patients who met current acceptance criteria for restorative dentistry at Birmingham Dental Hospital have not been given a referral on the ground that there was not the capacity within the NHS waiting list target times for the patient to be seen. (131049)

[holding answer 16 April 2007]: The information requested is not centrally collected. However, the Department has made it clear that clinical priority must be the main determinant of when patients are treated.