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Dental Services: Barnsley

Volume 461: debated on Monday 18 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what basis the allocation of funding for orthodontic services for Barnsley for 2006-07 was calculated. (138734)

The primary dental service resource allocations awarded to primary care trusts for 2006-07 took into account expenditure on general dental services and personal dental services pilots in each area during the reference period October 2004 to September 2005. This captured payments for both general dental services and specialist services such as orthodontic services. The allocations also included adjustments to reflect nationally agreed increases in dentists’ remuneration, provision for growth plans previously submitted to and approved by the Department, and some margin to accommodate any new services that may have started during or after the reference period but could not be fully reflected in the calculation of reference period earnings.