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Dental Services: North Yorkshire

Volume 507: debated on Monday 15 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) gross expenditure including dental charges and (b) net expenditure was in respect of NHS general dental services in North Yorkshire and York in each year since 1996-97. (322129)

Since 2006-07, data on primary dental care expenditure can be derived from primary care trust (PCT) financial records. This data reflects the new contract framework for primary dental care services introduced from 1 April 2006, based on the PCT areas introduced from 1 October 2006. It takes account of all relevant service costs for primary dental care services including those provided by dental providers under general dental service (GDS) or personal dental service (PDS) contracts. It is not directly comparable with the available pre-2006 data. Expenditure on primary dental care services in the North Yorkshire and York PCT since 2006-07 is shown in the following table.

Expenditure on primary dental care services in North Yorkshire and York PCT

£000

Gross expenditure

Dental charges paid by patients

Net expenditure

2006-07

32,165

8,875

23,290

2007-08

32,089

8,879

23,210

2008-09

39,241

10,358

28,883

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 care services were provided under former 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 NHS Information Centre for health and social care holds local-level information on the expenditure for NHS primary dental care under the former GDS and PDS arrangements. Expenditure information for the financial years 1997-98 to 2005-06 is available for the following former PCTs: Selby and York; Hambleton and Richmondshire; Craven, Harrogate and Rural District; and Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale. This information is contained in the document ‘Expenditure on General Dental Services and Personal Dental Services in North Yorkshire, 1997-98 to 2005-06’, which has been placed in the Library.