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Dental commissioning experiencing mixed fortunes BDA survey finds

 

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Dental commissioning experiencing mixed fortunes BDA survey finds

The commissioning of NHS dental services is experiencing a turbulent period as it contends with structural change in the NHS, the launch of pilots for a new dental contract and pressures on funding. That’s according to the British Dental Association’s 2011 Dental Commissioning Survey.

The research reflects a shifting landscape for primary care trusts, in which more than a quarter (28 per cent) of those questioned said that their commissioning functions had merged with those of other PCTs. Although a very small proportion of respondents (eight per cent) of those questioned reported that clustering had had a negative impact on their ability to respond to local needs, most did not, reporting no change or a positive impact or saying that they did not know what the effect of clustering had been.