Health written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Labour, Hackney North and Stoke Newington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of visiting dental services that will be affected by the new dental contract in (a) England and (b) London.

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

Under the arrangements for the delegation of commissioning of national health service primary care dental services to primary care trusts (PCT), which come into effect from 1 April, PCTs will be responsible for commissioning domiciliary and other additional services, taking account of the needs of their populations. It is too early to estimate the number of contracts that PCTs will agree for domiciliary services but, as with the wider reforms to NHS dentistry, our intention is to make these services more responsive to the needs of patients.

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