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NHS Dentistry

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

25. To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of levels of access to NHS dentistry. (243655)

26.9 million people saw an NHS dentist in the 24 months ending June 2008.

The importance of improving access to NHS dental services is reiterated in the 2009-10 Operating Framework published this week. And this is being supported by extra resources—an 11 per cent. uplift in our dental funding allocations for the current year 2008-09, and a further 8.5 per cent. uplift for 2009-10 announced in this week's framework, which will take the total allocation to £2,257 million (net of patient charge income).

In addition, last week we announced we have set up a review to advise how we can ensure that everyone who wants to see an NHS dentist can do so.