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Health: Dentistry

Volume 691: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many people were employed to provide dental public health advice by each primary care trust in each year since 1992. [HL3121]

Data for before 2000-01 are not available. Tables have been placed in the Library showing data on consultants who provide dental public health advice, as at 30 September, for 2001-06.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What are the cost implications of the Chief Dental Officer's advice that all endodontic instruments should be treated as single-use; and how these will be reflected in the value of band 3 units of dental activity. [HL3431]

Analysis of historic treatment patterns suggests that, for the majority of dentists, the introduction of single-use reamers and files for endodontic treatment is likely to have a relatively small impact on overall practice expenses. Costs will vary, however, between practitioners, and the department is undertaking further work to understand better the range of potential costs.

This work will enable the department to consider what advice may need to be given to primary care trusts on additional costs in 2007-08 and what proposals may need to be made in evidence to the review body on doctors' and dentists' remuneration.