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NHS: Dental Services

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date he expects the conclusions of his Department’s independent review of NHS dentistry to be published. (257561)

We expect the findings of the independent review team will be published in early summer 2009.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what monitoring procedures are in place to ensure that primary care trusts are providing sufficient NHS dentistry services. (257982)

The Dental Services Division of the Business Services Authority collects data on the numbers of patients who receive national health service care or treatment from a dentist one or more times during a 24-month period broken down by primary care trust. The latest data are contained in ‘NHS Dental Statistics for England Quarter 1: 30 June 2008’, a copy of which has already been placed in the Library.