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House of Commons Hansard
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Dental Services: Gloucestershire
11 November 2009
Volume 499
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To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust has access to a consultation in public health dentistry. [299242]

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It is for primary care trusts to plan and commission services to meet the needs of their local population.

However, we are advised by the South West Strategic Health Authority that Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust has assigned a consultant in public health to work with its dental commissioning team in identifying oral health needs and targeting services appropriately.

The Department recognises that there is a shortage in consultants in dental public health. The Chief Dental Officer has commissioned a review of the dental public health work force to show how we can best address this problem.