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Dental Services: Contracts

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the number of dental contracts allocating units of dental activity (UDAs) awarded in England since their introduction; and how many contract holders did not reach their targets for UDAs in 2007-08. (202826)

Information on the number of contracts awarded is not available in the requested format and could only be made available in this format at disproportionate cost. Information is available on the number of whole and part year contracts initially agreed in April 2006 at the start of the new dental system and on the number of contracts which ran for the whole year period of 2006-07. This information is set out in the following table.

Contracts

Numbers

Contracts agreed in April 20061

8,377

Contracts which were live for the whole of 2006-072

7,990

1 Source Department of Health

2 Source NHS Business Services Authority Dental Services Division.

Information on the number of contracts that delivered less than the activity contracted for in 2007-08 is not available. For dental activity reporting purposes the year 2007-08 has not yet ended, Dental providers have until the end of May to submit all their activity reports for activity delivered during 2007-08.