Dental Estimates Board

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th November 1960.

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Photo of Sir John Hall Sir John Hall , Wycombe 12:00 am, 28th November 1960

asked the Minister of Health what is the total staff engaged in costing the work of dentists in the National Health Service; what is the annual cost of the dental costing department; and what savings in the cost of dental work have been achieved in the last complete twelve months as a result of the work of this department.

Photo of Miss Edith Pitt Miss Edith Pitt , Birmingham, Edgbaston

The total staff of the Dental Estimates Board is about 1,000, and the annual cost about £775,000. It is not possible to say how much mare the General Dental Service would cost if dentists' claims for payment were not verified.

Photo of Sir John Hall Sir John Hall , Wycombe

Is my hon. Friend aware that every dentist has to take a cast of the mouth where the work involved is likely to cost more than 10s. and send it to her Department for examination, and that about 3 per cent. are examined? Is not the saving in cost achieved by this examination far outweighed by the cost of storing and the secretarial work involved?

Photo of Miss Edith Pitt Miss Edith Pitt , Birmingham, Edgbaston

The work involved is only a relatively small proportion of the work of the Dental Estimates Board. The much greater part of it is the routine checking of all the accounts and payments.