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Dental Services: East Sussex

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what total value of NHS orthodontic treatment was carried out in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex in each of the last five years. (141891)

Data identifying the value of orthodontic courses of treatment alone by financial years and for specific local areas is not available centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

However a special analysis of general dental services (GDS) costs over a 12 month reference period from 1 October 2004 to 30 September 2005 was prepared to help calculate funding levels for the new primary dental service arrangements introduced from 1 April 2006. The following table draws on that analysis and sets out the total payments during that twelve month reference period for all courses of treatment which included an element of orthodontic care in each of the primary care trusts (PCTs) in East Sussex operational at the time.

PCT name

Orthodontic earnings 1 October 2004 to 30 September 2005

Bexhill and Rother


Brighton and Hove City


Eastbourne Downs


Hastings and St. Leonards


Sussex Downs and Weald



1. The data relate to claims from dentists working under the terms of the former General Dental Services only. It includes the value of interim payments made during the 12 month period for orthodontic treatments. It excludes orthodontic work carried out within former Personal Dental Service pilots, where the value of orthodontic as opposed to general dental treatments can be less easily identified. This may mean the GDS data above is not fully representative of all elements of orthodontic care in every area.

2. The data is presented by the 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.