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Dental Services: Barnet

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 24 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve access to NHS dentists in Barnet; and if he will make a statement. (177987)

The dental reforms implemented in 2006 gave primary care trusts (PCTs), for the first time, the responsibility for providing or commissioning dental services in their area. It is for PCTs to assess local needs, review current service provision and develop services to meet local needs. Increasing the number of patients seen within national health service dental services is now a formal priority in the NHS Operating Framework for 2008-09 and we have supported this with a very substantial 11 per cent. uplift in overall allocations to PCTs from 1 April 2008.