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.