13 April 2009
New Green Party policy report to reveal some startling new figures on NHS dentistry:
A new policy report to be launched this week by the Green Party will reveal startling new figures on the state of NHS dentistry, based on Freedom of Information Act research.
And the new report - A Green New Deal for the NHS - will show that just £1.8 billion a year would make NHS dentistry "a service that Britain can be proud of."
The report will show that:
Green Party health spokesperson Stuart Jeffery said today:
"The dental service received £2.1 billion of direct funding in 2007/08. If the current NHS dental service was provided free at the point of use, the total cost to the NHS would increase by £531m to a total of £2.6 billion.
"If the NHS wanted to provide free dentistry to 75% of the population (from the current 50%, assuming that some people will want to remain private), the total level of funding would need to increase from £2.6 billion to £3.9 billion. As the NHS currently provides £2.1 billion, an increase in funding of £1.8 billion would be required for patients to have dentistry free at the point of access.
"It seems little to ask to restore NHS dentistry to what it should be - a service that Britain can be proud of."
The full report A Green New Deal for the NHS will be published later this week.