HC Deb 18 January 2001 vol 361 c320W
Paddy Ashdown

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the(a) start up costs and (b) annual running costs of the personal dentist service pilots in (i) Taunton and (ii) Yeovil; and what his estimate is of the number of people each year who will receive treatment at such centres. [144603]

Mr. Hutton

The information requested is as follows:

Start-up costs (allocated)

The start-up costs for this third wave dental access centre Personal Dental Service pilot scheme which has centres in Yeovil and Taunton are as follows: preparatory of £20,000 (£10,000 of this was allocated to them to work up a full proposal from their Expression of Interest); and capital of £585,000 including £85,000 for information technology capital.

Running Costs (not allocated)

The revenue allocation has not yet been issued as the matter is still under discussion.

It is estimated that the number of patient to be seen annually once fully recruited to four additional dentists plus the clinical director will be 7,000 Community Dental Service (CDS) patients—based on historical CDS figures—and 8,000 new patients.