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Dental Services: Peterborough

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Peterborough Primary Care Trust has undertaken a needs assessment of children's orthodontics within its boundaries; and if he will make a statement. (197399)

This requested information is not held centrally.

Primary care trusts (PCTs) are responsible for providing or commissioning primary dental care services, including orthodontic 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.

Increasing the number of patients seen within NHS dental service as a whole is now a formal priority in the NHS Operating Framework for 2008-09. The Department has supported this with a substantial 11 per cent. uplift in overall allocations to PCTs from 1 April 2008.