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Dental Services: York

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent in (a) cash and (b) real terms on NHS general dental services in York in each year since 1996-97. (295227)

Information is not available in the format requested.

Since 2006-07, data on primary dental care expenditure can be derived from primary care trust (PCT) accounts. Expenditure on primary dental care services in the North Yorkshire and York PCT in the last three years is shown in the following table. The PCT's accounts do not separately distinguish between expenditure in North Yorkshire, and York City.

Financial year

Expenditure type

Gross expenditure (£000)

Dental charges paid by patients (£000)

Net expenditure (£000)

2006-07

Actual

32,165

8,875

23,290

At 2008-09 prices

33,906

9,355

24,551

2007-08

actual

32,089

8,879

23,210

At 2008-09 prices

32,876

9,097

23,779

2008-09

Actual

39,241

10,358

28,883

Notes:

1. As the data reflect the contract framework for primary dental care services introduced from 1 April 2006, it includes all relevant service costs, and is based on the PCT areas introduced from 1 October 2006, it is not directly comparable with the available pre-2006 data.

2. Actual expenditure figures have been converted into 2008-09 prices using the gross domestic product deflator index as at 29 September 2009.

Source:

Calculated from details of gross primary dental care expenditure, and income from dental charges, recorded in the notes to the PCT's accounts.

Prior to April 2006, most primary dental services were provided under former general dental service (GDS) arrangements. These were demand-led services where the pattern of dental expenditure was largely determined by where dentists chose to practice and how much national health service work they chose to undertake.

The Information Centre for health and social care holds local-level information on the expenditure for NHS primary dental care under the former GDS and personal dental service arrangements. The Information Centre for health and social care published the following report on 26 March 2008: ‘NHS Expenditure for General Dental Services and Personal Dental Services: England 1997/98 - 2005/06’. This report has already been placed in the Library and is also available on the Information Centre website at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/dentalexpend1997to2006

The report includes information on primary dental care expenditure in cash terms by parliamentary constituency for 1997-98 to 2005-06 in Tables A3 and B3 of Annex 3. Further notes to aid interpretation of the information are shown in the ‘Contents and Notes’ page of Annex 3.