NHS Dentistry

Health written question – answered on 5th December 2006.

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Photo of Peter Atkinson Peter Atkinson Conservative, Hexham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate was made of the likely income from NHS dental charges in Northumberland for 2006-07; and how much income has been received to date.

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

The primary dental service resource allocation for 2006-07 for the Northumberland care trust as at 31 July 2006 is set out in the following table. This excludes any additional resources that may be distributed by the NHS North East specifically to fund any individual dental vocational trainee postings.

Northumberland care trust
Amount (£)
Gross budget 13,910,210
Expected patient charge income 5,210,043
Net allocation(1) 8,700,000
(1) Rounded to nearest thousand.

Actual levels of charge income will depend on a range of variables including the service levels, i.e. the annual units of dental activity, agreed for each local contract with dentists and the relative proportions of chargeable and non-chargeable treatments carried out during the year. The in-year management and monitoring of these allocations is the responsibility of the individual primary care trusts.

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