Dental Health: Children and Young People

Department of Health written question – answered on 14th September 2017.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people who will benefit from the new oral health programme, Starting Well.

Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding has been committed so far from the public purse to the new oral health preventative programme, Starting Well.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

NHS England will be holding a number of launch events for Starting Well at the end of September and throughout October following which dental practices will be able to apply to participate in the programme. Funding for this scheme will be provided within existing dental spend. The amount of funding each practice receives will be based on the practice size and level of commitment.

It is not currently possible to determine the number of children who will benefit from the programme, this will depend on the number of practices selected to participate at a local level following the launch events.

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