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Dental Services: Finance

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 114787, tabled on 31 January 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the announcement of £50 million for the provision of additional dental capacity to be used by 31 March 2022, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of ring-fencing any unspent funding as a result of the capacity and workforce issues in the dental sector.

Answered on

8 February 2022

The additional £50 million in funding for National Health Service (NHS) dentistry has been made available for the remainder of the financial year. NHS England is unable to carry forward any underspend into the next financial year.

NHS regional teams are currently working hard to commission this additional activity and the scheme has been developed to be attractive to dentists, with those involved in the scheme to be paid more than a third on top of their normal sessional fee for delivering this care outside of core hours, such as early morning and weekend work.