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Health: Dentistry

Volume 692: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is (a) the patient charge revenue shortfall; and (b) the average value of a unit of dental activity, in each primary care trust. [HL3802]

Full data on patient charge income in 2006-07 are not yet available. Dentists have up to two months after the end of the financial year to submit final details of charges collected and the information then has to be processed by the National Health Service Business Services Authority. The data collected by the department centrally do not identify the average value of a unit of dental activity in each primary care trust (PCT). These values will vary because of a number of factors, including differences in treatment patterns and treatment needs in different areas, the contract values negotiated locally by PCTs and dental practices, and the degree to which PCTs and practices may have agreed service outputs that cannot be measured through patient courses of treatment.