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Dental Services: Conditions of Employment

Health written question – answered on 13th June 2011.

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Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Conservative, Gosport

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to ensure dentists comply with the terms of their NHS contracts.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

Primary care dentistry is commissioned by primary care trusts (PCTs) to meet the needs of the local population. PCTs commission dental contract holders to provide services as required. Those who choose to hold national health service dental contracts are, together with anyone else working on the contract; legally obliged to comply with its terms. Should a breach of contract occur there are sanctions open to the commissioner including, in certain circumstances, termination of the contract.

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