Dental Services: Children

Department of Health written question – answered on 26th February 2016.

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Photo of Graham Allen Graham Allen Labour, Nottingham North

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the public purse was of urgent dental treatment for children in (a) Nottingham North constituency, (b) Nottingham and (c) England in 2015.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Minister of State, Department of Health

Data is available for the units of dental activity (UDA) under the “urgent” treatment band, for 0 to 17 year olds, for the period 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015. Final data for 2015/16 will be published in August 2016.

National tariffs for the cost of National Health Service dental services in primary care do not exist as the value of each contract is agreed between provider and commissioner on an individual basis. However to provide an estimate of the cost, UDA under the “urgent” treatment band have been multiplied by £25.00 which is an average value for UDAs.

Geography

Band 1 urgent UDA

Cost

Nottingham North Constituency

784.8

£19,620

Nottingham Local Authority

3,673.2

£91,830

England

580,515.6

£14,512,890

Sources:

NHS Dental Services of the NHS Business Services Authority

Notes:

  1. UDA are weighted courses of treatment. This measure is used in the funding of NHS dental activity and in setting contracts with NHS dentists.
  2. Potential costs have been calculated by multiplying the UDA by £25.00. UDA value is on average around £25, but varies across contracts.
  3. Band 1 urgent treatment is 1.2 UDAs
  4. Data are for the period 1 April 2014 - 31 March 2015

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