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Health written question – answered on 29th June 2005.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour, Stroud

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to increase access to NHS dentistry in Stroud constituency.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

Cotswold and Vale Primary Care Trust (PCT), which commissions dental services for the Stroud constituency, has received £363,000 in capital grants and £155,000 in dental access money, which should lead to approximately 12,000 new national health service registrations.

One new dental surgery has opened in Stonehouse. In addition, negotiations are under way with two dentists, one in Stonehouse and the other in Cam, regarding expansion of their practices using currently vacant dental chairs, with a view to filling them with dentists recruited through the Department's overseas recruitment programme. The PCT is also currently looking to set up a new two-dentist surgery in the Stroud area.

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