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David Crausby (Bolton North East, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of dentistry by the NHS.

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Simon Burns (The Minister of State, Department of Health; Chelmsford, Conservative)

Primary care trusts have a duty to provide or commission primary dental care services to reflect local needs. How far the provision of national health service dentistry is meeting local demand is measured through the national GP Patient Survey. The latest survey showed that nationally 92% of patients who had tried to get an NHS appointment in the last 24 months were successful. Access has increased by over three quarters of a million since May 2010, with 991,000 more patients able to see an NHS dentist. We are determined to increase access to NHS dentistry even further, which is why we announced last month an extra £28 million in year funding for dental access.

The GP Patient Survey report, published in December 2011, is available on the GP Patient Survey website at:


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