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Dental Services: Finance

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much has been allocated to support the immediate priorities identified in the Independent Review of NHS Dental Services in England in each category of funding; and if he will make a statement; (296217)

(2) when his Department expects to allocate budgets in support of the Independent Review of NHS Dental Services in England for 2010-11.

Much of the work on developing and implementing the recommendations of the Independent Review of National Health Service dental services will be carried out by departmental staff within existing resources at no additional cost to the Department. In addition, we are currently tendering for specialist consultancy support for the implementation of the recommendations. We estimate this will cost up to £490,000 (excluding VAT) in this financial year (2009-10). Budget plans for 2010-11 to take effect from 1 April 2010 will be informed by this development work, but will also be subject to the ongoing monitoring of progress and requirements through the course of next year.