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.