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Dental Services

Health written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Jamie Reed Jamie Reed Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress he has made on the development of a new NHS dentistry contract; and whether he has received feedback from clinical groups on the pilot scheme which is in progress.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Government made a commitment to introducing a new dental contract and said there would be thorough preparation including piloting. Piloting intended to test key elements needed to design that contract began in 2011 and a second wave of pilots was announced in October 2012, to start from April 2013. The British Dental Association and a pilot practitioner have been closely involved on the National Steering Group for Dental Contract Reform and a wide range of other clinicians are engaged with the process.

Findings collected from the first wave of pilots were published on 5 October 2012, and are available on the Department's website at:

www.dh.gov.uk/health/2012/10/dental-contract-reform/

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