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Dental Services: Staffordshire

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on NHS dentistry in each Staffordshire constituency in each year since 1997. (195421)

The Government's fundamental reform programme for primary dental care services was introduced from 1 April 2006. Primary care trusts (PCTs) were given responsibility for planning and commissioning primary dental services and provided with local, devolved, dental budgets.

North and South Staffordshire PCTs reported the following expenditure on primary dental care services in 2006-07, the first year of the new service arrangements. Data on expenditure by individual parliamentary constituency are not collected centrally.

£000

Gross expenditure

Income from dental charges paid by patients

Net expenditure

National Health Service expenditure on primary dental care services, North Staffordshire PCT, 2006-07

6,483

1,818

4,665

NHS expenditure on primary dental care services, South Staffordshire PCT, 2006-07

22,574

5,734

16,840

Source:

Audited Primary Care Trust Summarisation Schedules 2006-07

Prior to April 2006, most primary dental care services were provided under former general dental service (GDS) arrangements. These were demand-led services where the pattern of dental expenditure was largely determined by where dentists chose to practice, and how much NHS work they chose to undertake. PCTs were not given fixed funding allocations, except in those areas where personal dental services (PDS) pilots were established to test alternative, local commissioning arrangements and new forms of contract remuneration.

Local level data on primary dental care expenditure prior to April 2006 is held by the Information Centre for health and social care, which is due to publish its report ‘NHS Expenditure for General Dental Services and Personal Dental Services: England 1997-98 to 2005-06’ in the near future. A copy will be placed in the Library following publication.

This report will give access to the available local-level information by PCT, strategic health authority and parliamentary constituency on expenditure on NHS primary dental care.