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Dental Services

Volume 491: debated on Friday 24 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which organisations and individuals were consulted on the content of the dental services statement of financial entitlement before its publication on 1 April 2009; and which of these consultations took place in accordance with section 103(4) of the National Health Service Act 2006; (270397)

(2) with reference to section 103(4) of the National Health Service Act 2006, which bodies appear to him to be representative of persons to whose remuneration a directive made under section 103(1) of that Act would relate.

Section 103(4) of The National Health Service Act 2006 provides that the Secretary of State, before making any direction as to payments to be made under a general dental services contract, must consult any body that appears to be representative of those whose remuneration is affected by the direction and may consult other persons as he considers appropriate.

In accordance with this legislation, the British Dental Association, the Dental Key Stakeholder Group, Dental Practitioners' Association, British Orthodontic Society and Conference of Local Dental Committees were consulted on the Statement of Financial Entitlements 2009.