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Dental Services: Finance

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 146594, tabled on 24 March 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 7 February 2022 to Question 116905, on Dental Services: Finance, what response he has received from NHS regional commissioning teams on their ability to use the full budget provided to deliver additional NHS dental hours from the funding announced on the NHS England website on 25 January 2022 on securing additional dental appointments for people with oral pain, disease, and infection in (a) the Brighton and Hove area, (b) the South East region and (c) England; how any unused funds will be redistributed; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

26 April 2022

The information is not currently held centrally. National Health Service dentists have two months to submit FP17 dental activity data forms after completing a course of treatment. We anticipate that data for the additional activity will be available from June 2022. It is not possible to carry over unused funds from one financial year to another due to standard accounting practices. Unused additional activity funding is therefore not eligible for redistribution in the following year.