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Dental Services

Health written question – answered on 13th July 2009.

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Photo of Andrew Pelling Andrew Pelling Independent, Croydon Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) how much of his Department's spending on NHS dentistry has been allocated to front-line services since April 2006;

(2) how much his Department has spent on the new contract for NHS dentistry and associated policy changes in each year since April 2006.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

The Department has allocated the following total sums to primary care trusts (PCTs) and strategic health authorities to fund primary dental care services. These allocations were net of any income from national health service dental charges collected from patients, which is retained by the relevant local PCT as an additional resource.

Primary dental care service allocations, England
Financial year £ million
2006-07 1,764.7
2007-08 1,872.4
2008-09 2,081
2009-10 2,257

Departmental staff to monitor NHS dental services and review policy were provided from within existing departmental resources. The following table sets out estimated expenditure levels from centrally managed programme funds on additional and external services to support the commissioning and development of dental services and oral health measures in each of the last three years.

Financial year £ million
2006-07 2.2
2007-08 2.5
2008-09 2.7

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