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Report: NHS dental spending varies by region

27th March 2008

The amount spent by NHS authorities on dental care varies widely throughout England, new figures suggest.

According to statistics from the Information Centre for health and social care (IC), gross expenditure has increased by 53 per cent in the period between 1997-8 and 2005-6, reaching £1,977 million.

However, the IC report found differences of up to 39 per cent in the amounts spent by various English regions. South Yorkshire’s strategic health authority increased its expenditure by 69 per cent, while Hampshire and the Isle of Wight saw their outlays rise by 30 per cent during this time.

Gross expenditure per head was also found to vary. This figure increased from £27 to £39 in the aforementioned period, with Cheshire and Merseyside seeing the biggest rise (70 per cent) and Hampshire and the Isle of Wight experiencing the lowest (25 per cent).

The IC report included data from within the general dental service and personal dental service pilots.

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