HC Deb 12 March 1999 vol 327 cc410-1W
Mr. Wigley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission a cost/benefit analysis of a preventive approach to dentistry. [74299]

Mr. Denham

The most effective oral health promotion measure is the fluoridation of water. A review of the economic benefits of fluoridation by the Health Economics Consortium of the University of York was published last year. Copies are available in the Library.

Mr. David Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to ensure that(a) primary health care groups and (b) future primary care trusts make appropriate provision for dentistry and oral health. [75677]

Mr. Denham

[holding answer 10 March 1999]: Health Improvement Programmes will ensure that all stakeholders are actively engaged in developing plans that will address all of the health and health care needs of local communities. All health improvement programmes must include oral health. In addition, we are already taking steps to improve the quality of dental services and ensure easier access, through the Personal Dental Services Pilots which began in October 1998 and through the Investing In Dentistry scheme, which is improving access to the General Dental Services.