24 November 2020
Jo Churchill, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care has announced that the National Health Service (Dental Charges) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 will be laid before Parliament to increase NHS dental patient charges in England from 14th December 2020.
This is the fifth and final year of the Spending Review 2015 commitment to annually uplift dental patient charges by 5% for the duration of the Spending Review period. Following a six-month freeze, the dental charge payable for:
- A band 1 course of treatment will rise by £1.10, from £22.70 to £23.80.
- A band 2 course of treatment will increase by £3.10 from £62.10 to £65.20.
- A band 3 course of treatment will increase by £13.50 from £269.30 to £282.80.
The BDA has strongly criticised the latest 5% increase in NHS dental charges in England, expressing its concern that the government is erecting further barriers to care during the COVID pandemic, when services remain so limited and focused on dealing with an unprecedented backlog.