Dental Services: Finance

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 14th March 2022.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Future of Work), Shadow Minister (Business and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the total amount of refunded abatement to the Government for dental activity not completed was in the latest period for which that data is available; and what discussions he has had with relevant stakeholders on the future use of such monies.

Photo of Maria Caulfield Maria Caulfield The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

During the pandemic, the Government has supported dentists by paying full contract value for lower activity levels. An abatement of 16.75% of total contract value was agreed with the British Dental Association to reflect the lower use of consumables and other variable costs over the period where National Health Service dental activity was reduced.

A total abatement of £68,946,814 was made from 1 April to 7 June 2020, when non-urgent NHS dental provision was delivered remotely. A total abatement of £45,244,795 was made from 1 January to 31March 2021, when NHS dental provision was reduced due to infection prevention and control requirements.

We have had no discussions with stakeholders on the use of these funds. The NHS is required to provide health services, including dental services, within its funding allocation. Decisions on the use of these funds have been made by the NHS.

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