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Dental Services: Fees and Charges

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will conduct an investigation of the effects of the banding of charges for dentistry on the NHS. (254975)

Professor Jimmy Steele of Newcastle university is currently chairing an independent review of national health service dentistry in England. The review will consider how the Department can respond to the conclusions and recommendations the Health Select Committee (HSC) recently made, following their inquiry into dental services. The system of banded patient charges is one of the issues the HSC raised and that Professor Steele and his team will consider, taking views from a wide range of stakeholders. Professor Steele will publish his findings later in the spring, and the Department will then respond to his recommendations.