The Government launched fundamental reforms to national health service dentistry in England in April 2006. Under the reforms local NHS now has the power to directly commission dental services. There is further to go but the reforms provide for the first time a stable foundation on which primary care trusts can build robust NHS dental services tailored to local needs. The Government are committed to expanding NHS dental services. Two new dental schools have been opened this year in England providing an additional 170 dental training places, a 25 per cent. increase in total training places.
The respective devolved administrations are responsible for the provision of NHS dental services in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.