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Dental Services: Cornwall

Volume 461: debated on Tuesday 12 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2007, Official Report, column 1504W, on dental services: Cornwall, what assessment she has made of the likely effect on dental services should Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust decide not to comply with the NHS Litigation Authority for the determination of contract activity for dental practices in Cornwall; and what preparations she has made. (141747)

[holding answer 11 June 2007]: Determinations of the National Health Service Litigation Authority are binding on primary care trusts (PCTs). We understand that Cornwall and Isles of Scilly PCT is discussing with its local dental providers how to give effect to a recent NHS Litigation Authority decision. PCTs are responsible locally for assessing dental service needs and developing services to reflect these needs.