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Dental Services: Stroud

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what progress is being made in the provision of NHS dentistry in the Stroud area through the dental access programme; and what interest has been shown in the forthcoming tender by existing local dentists; (299235)

(2) what plans he has to increase access to NHS dentistry in the Stroud area; and what target he has set for the number of patients having access to an NHS dentist.

The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available has been placed in the Library.

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

‘The NHS in England: The operating framework for 2009-10’, a copy of which has already been placed in the Library, commits all PCTs to ensuring access to national health service dentistry for all who actively seek it. In January this year, the NHS committed to delivering this by at the latest March 2011. Delivering the 2011 goal requires every PCT to assess the level of local demand for NHS care. A dental access programme has been set up to support PCTs in increasing local provision of services where this is needed.