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Dental Services: Private Sector

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will undertake an investigation of the effect of the takeover of dental practices by Associated Dental Practices Co. Ltd on the provision of dental services; and if he will make a statement. (226115)

Associated Dental Practices is one of a number of corporate bodies providing national health service dental care. The company bids for NHS contracts on the same basis as any other company or individual practice owner. Since the reform of dental contracts in 2006, providers of dental services, do not control the level of provision of dental services but contract with primary care trusts to deliver an annual amount of service.

We are committed to increasing the number of patients able to access NHS care and welcome the growing interest of commercial companies in providing services to the NHS.