Dental Services: East Yorkshire

Health written question – answered on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Chair, Procedure Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many spare units of dental activity there were in East Yorkshire each month since the introduction of the new dental contract; and if she will make a statement.

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

Under the new dental contracts introduced in April 2006, dental practices provide an agreed level of national health service services over the course of each year. Annual service levels are measured using a weighted indicator of courses of treatment, known as units of dental activity. There are no monthly quotas or targets for units of dental activity.

Since the introduction of the reforms, the level of dental services commissioned by the NHS has grown steadily throughout the year, and primary care trusts are now commissioning more dental services than were provided in 2005-06.

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