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Dental Services: Stroud

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase access to NHS dentistry in Stroud constituency. (201460)

It is for primary care trusts (PCTs) to commission health services, including dentistry, to meet the needs of their local populations. My hon. Friend may therefore wish to raise this with the chief executive of Gloucestershire PCT.

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 substantial 11 per cent. uplift in overall allocations to PCTs from 1 April 2008.