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Dental Services: Wiltshire

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what additional funding she expects the Wiltshire and Swindon primary care trust to receive in 2007 to pay for additional NHS dentistry; and if she will make a statement. (133168)

The primary dental service allocations for the Wiltshire and Swindon primary care trusts (PCTs) in 2006-07 and 2007-08 are set out in the following table. The table includes the indicative assumptions made before the start of each year about gross budgets and patient charge income. A number of factors will affect the actual levels of gross expenditure and patient charge income, including the levels of dentistry commissioned by PCTs, the time needed for new dental services to be commissioned and come into operation, and changes in the mix of charge-paying and charge exempt patients treated. PCTs may direct additional funding to dentistry from their general national health service resources if they consider this appropriate in the light of local circumstances and priorities.

Primary dental service allocations in Wiltshire and Swindon PCTs

£000

Wiltshire PCT

Swindon PCT

Financial year

Net allocation

Indicative patient charge revenue

Indicative gross budget

Net allocation

Indicative patient charge revenue

Indicative gross budget

2006-07

10,727

4,479

15,205

4,418

2,141

6,559

2007-08

11,366

4,439

15,805

4,781

2,135

6,916

Notes:

1. The allocation for Wiltshire PCT for 2006-07 represents the aggregate of the primary dental service allocations initially allocated to the Kennet and North Wiltshire, South Wiltshire, and West Wiltshire PCTs before their amalgamation to form the Wiltshire PCT on 1 October 2006.

2. Allocations exclude any supplementary funding awarded by the South West strategic health authority to fund the placement of dental vocational trainees.