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Dental Services: Chorley

Volume 464: debated on Friday 19 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the number of dentists accepting new NHS patients within the Chorley area; (158660)

(2) what steps he is taking to encourage that more dentists accept new NHS patients within the Chorley area.

Information on dentists accepting new national health service patients is not collected centrally.

Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust (PCT) is investing an additional £1.3 millions in NHS dentistry to help solve the issues around access. To attract new dentists to the area and to encourage existing local dentists to provide additional services, the PCT has advertised for dentists to submit tenders to provide the additional NHS dentist appointments.

It is anticipated that once the outcome of the tendering process is known in December dentists will agree start dates with the PCT and the increase in capacity will be available by the end of the year. Those patients that are on the dental access database will be contacted and asked if they wish to transfer to a dentist within their area.