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Department of Health: New dental contract pilot proposals to be published in December

Press Release   •   Sep 16, 2010 11:08 BST

The Government will publish proposals for piloting a new dentistry contract by the end of this year, Health Minister Lord Howe announced today. 

Following a meeting with Professor Jimmy Steele, who led an Independent Review of NHS dentistry last year, Lord Howe agreed that Professor Steele should assist in developing the new pilot proposals going forward.

The NHS White Paper, Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS proposed the introduction of a new dentistry contract following a period of consultation and piloting.  The aim of the new contract will be to improve quality of patient care and increase access to NHS dental services, with an additional focus on improving the oral health of schoolchildren.

Lord Howe said:

“As set out in the White Paper, we intend to bring in a new dental contract based on registration, capitation and quality.  Our aim is to improve oral health for adults and children as well as increase access to NHS dental services. I have set up a national steering group to drive this work forward, with the aim of publishing the pilot proposals by the end of this year. 

“I am delighted Professor Steele has agreed to join this group and assist us in developing these proposals.  There are many aspects of Professor Steele’s review that are in line with the Coalition Government’s plans to reform the NHS dental contract.”

Professor Jimmy Steele said:

"Reform of NHS dentistry is a high priority, both for the professionals who work with the system and for the patients who use it, so I am delighted to continue to make a contribution as a member of the steering group through the process of piloting and implementation"

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