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Dental Services: Lancashire

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking on the provision of NHS dental services in Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency. (194890)

Responsibility for the provision of dental services lies with local primary care trusts (PCTs). 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. The net primary dental service allocation for North Lancashire PCT for 2008-09 is £7,015,000. Income from dental charges paid by patients will supplement this resource.

The North Lancashire PCT is responsible for commissioning services, including dental services, to meet the need of its total population within the available resources.