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Dental Services: Funding

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much Dental Service Increment for Teaching funding was made available to each strategic health authority for the year 2006-07; what proportion of this has been spent by each strategic health authority on dental education; and how this expenditure has been accounted for; (133054)

(2) whether the expenditure by strategic health authorities of their Dental Service Increment for Teaching funding is ring-fenced for the stated purpose of the funding;

(3) what steps she is taking to ensure that the Dental Service Increment for Teaching budget is being used by strategic health authorities for its planned purpose.

No funding was allocated to strategic health authorities (SHAs) in 2006-07 in respect of the dental service increment for teaching (dental SIFT). All the dental SIFT funding was allocated to the national dental workforce unit, hosted by the Yorkshire and the Humber SHA who allocated this funding directly to the national health service trusts that host dental hospitals linked to dental schools.