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Independent Review of NHS Dental Services in England

Volume 495: debated on Wednesday 1 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much his Department spent on the Independent Review of NHS Dental Services in England; and if he will make a statement; (283107)

(2) what remuneration was provided to members of the review team for the Independent Review of NHS Dental Services in England.

The review cost a total of £435,000. This figure remains an estimate as some invoices are still to be finalised.

Remuneration for members of the review team was in the form of payments, where requested, to their employing organisations for their services and support costs. Payments to the employing organisations totalled £200,000.

The following table showing the break down of the costs of the review includes the total payments to review members’ employers. A document containing the information on the review costs has been placed in the Library. It is also available on the Department’s website at:

www.dh.gov.uk/en/Healthcare/Primarycare/Dental/DH_094048

Estimated costs of the independent review of national health service dental services in England

Item

Total (£000)

February 2009

Qualitative research

54

February-June 2009

Engagement events

139

December 2008-June 2009

Review team travel and subsistence

22

December 2008-June 2009

Payment to employers for services of review team members and support costs

200

June 2009

Publication and launch costs

20

Total

435

Note:

This is an estimate of the additional costs to the Department in supporting the review, incorporating estimates for some bills, which are yet to be finalised. Final costs for the review will be made available once these are complete.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the cost of running pilot schemes relating to recommendations of the Independent Review of NHS Dental Services in England. (283109)

It is too early to estimate the extra costs of piloting the review recommendations. Estimating costs will be part of the process of designing the pilots, which is now in development.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his timetable is for pilot schemes relating to recommendations of the Independent Review of NHS Dental Services in England. (283110)

Piloting of the recommendations made by Professor Jimmy Steele, chair of the independent review of national health service dental services in England, will begin with selected new contracts that are currently being set up with the support of the dental access programme, in autumn of this year. Pilots involving existing contract holders on a voluntary basis will begin next year. The Department expects to run the pilots for at least 12 to 18 months, before evaluating the results and considering further roll out.

“NHS dental Services in England: An independent review led by Professor Jimmy Steele” has already been placed in the Library and is available at:

www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_101137