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Dental Services

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of dental practices in England he estimates offer NHS dental services to at least two-thirds of their patients. (160198)

This information is not available. Dentists who hold national health service contracts are only required to report treatment delivered within that contract to the Department. Information is not collected on the level of private treatment, if any, also delivered.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 17 September 2007, Official Report, column 2205W, on dental services (1) whether his Department reviews the local needs assessment of primary care trusts; (160442)

(2) what recent assessment his Department has made of the provision of NHS dentistry against assessed need.

Primary care trusts are responsible for providing or commissioning primary dental care services to reflect local needs. This is a local rather than centrally managed process. The Department has issued guidance to the local national health service on developing local dental commissioning plans. Additional support is available through the national Primary Care Contracting Team.