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Health written question – answered on 27th October 2005.

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Photo of David Laws David Laws Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Department is taking to clarify the (a) detail and (b) structure of the proposed units of dental activity to be required to be delivered as part of the new dental contract for NHS dentists; what action is being taken by her Department to facilitate the establishment of the proposed new NHS dental practice in Chard at the Chard Business Park; and if she will make a statement.

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

holding answer 25 October

The system of units of dental activity is derived from the proposed banded dental charging system. The details and structure of the proposed units of dental activity were included in the draft general dental services contract and personal dental services agreement regulations published in August. Units of dental activity correspond to courses of treatment, weighted into three bands to reflect their relative average complexity.

Table one shows units of dental activity in respect of banded courses of treatment.

Table 1: Course of treatment
Band 1 (excluding urgent treatment) 1.0
Band 1 (urgent treatment only) 1.2
Band 2 3.0
Band 3 12.0

Table two shows units of dental activity in respect of charge exempt course of treatment.

Table 2: Course of treatment
Issue of a prescription 0.75
Repair of a dental appliance (denture) 1.0
Repair of a dental appliance (bridge) 1.2
Removal of sutures 1.0
Arrest of bleeding 1.2

The Department agreed resources to establish a new practice operating under personal dental services in Chard in April. The application is now being taken forward by the South Gloucestershire primary care trust.

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