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Dental Services

Part of Department of Health – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 7th March 2006.

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Photo of Douglas Hogg Douglas Hogg Conservative, Sleaford and North Hykeham 2:30 pm, 7th March 2006

Given that NHS dentistry is largely unavailable in Lincolnshire, and given further that there is a precedent for the national health service paying for operations that cannot be performed within it within a stated time, why is the same principle not applied to private dental fees incurred by patients who cannot get NHS dentistry because it is not available? Why, in those circumstances, does not the NHS pay those private dental fees?