To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish his proposals for tackling the backlog in dental appointments.
3 June 2021
National Health Service dentists throughout the country have been asked to maximise safe throughput to meet as many prioritised needs as possible, focussing first on urgent care and vulnerable groups followed by overdue appointments. This has been underpinned, taking into account current infection prevention and control guidelines, by the requirement for dental providers to deliver 60% of normal activity volumes for the first six months of 2021/22 for full payment of their NHS contractual value. In addition, NHS England and NHS Improvement have provided a flexible commissioning toolkit to local commissioners to help focus the available capacity on those that need it most and to reduce oral health inequalities. We are continuing to work with NHS England and NHS Improvement to seek opportunities to improve throughput and support NHS dental recovery.