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Dental Services: North Eastern Region

Volume 461: debated on Monday 18 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total value of orthodontic treatment was carried out during the reference period of (a) October 2004 and (b) October 2005 in (i) Barnsley, (ii) Doncaster, (iii) Rotherham and (iv) St. Helens. (138736)

The reference period used in calculating funding levels for the new primary dental service arrangements was 1 October 2004 to 30 September 2005. The following table sets out the total payments during that period for courses of treatment which included orthodontic care. The Department does not have data on the value of treatments carried out during the reference period but submitted for payment later.

Primary care trust name

Orthodontic earnings 1 October 2004 to 30 September 2005 (£)

Doncaster, Central


Doncaster, East


Doncaster, West




St. Helens





1. The data relate to claims from dentists working under the terms of the former general dental services (GDS) only. They exclude orthodontic work carried out within former personal dental service (PDS) pilots, where the value of orthodontic as opposed to general dental treatments can be less easily identified. The Department is aware of at least two specialist orthodontic practices, in Doncaster Central and Rotherham, which converted to personal dental service pilots either before or during the reference period, which would mean the GDS data above are not fully representative of all elements of orthodontic care.

2. The data are presented by the primary care trust (PCT) areas that were operational during the reference period, rather than the new PCTs that assumed responsibility for services from 1 October 2006.


Dental Practice Division of the NHS Business Services Authority