The number of approvals and refusals for orthodontic treatment in children
Peter Wiggins made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Chief Dental Officer of the Scottish Administration
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I would be interested to know the numbers of children under 16 years of age whose orthodontist or dentist has applied to carry out orthodontic treatment under the NHS.
I would like to know the number whose treatment was approved and the number who treatment was refused over the last year and the corresponding figures for the previous two years.
I would also be grateful if you would leT me see any guidance on which these decisions are based, beyond “to secure and maintain oral health”.
To: Peter Wiggins
Your request as detailed below has been passed to Practitioner Services on
29 August 2008
Enquiry : Freedom of Information
Practitioner Services Enquiry Number: 291763
In line with the Freedom of Information Act, we will endeavour to answer
your enquiry within 20 working days of receipt of your reply to this letter.
As part of the NHS National Services Scotland publication scheme, released
information may be published on the NSS website www.nhsnss.org.
I refer to your email of 25 August to the Scottish Government Central
Enquiry Unit requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act
2002 regarding orthodontic treatment for children under 16 years of age.
The information which you require is not held by the Scottish Government.
However, you may wish to contact Scott Walker at NHS National Services
Scotland, Practitioner Services (Dental & Ophthalmic), Gyle Square, 1
South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9EB or by email at
[email address], who will be able to help you further.
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Dear Ms McClorey,
I would be grateful if you would let me know the email address for Mr Scott Walker which was omitted from your reply.
You also have not addressed the second part of the question namely:
I would also be grateful if you would let me see any guidance on which these decisions are based, beyond “to secure and maintain oral health”.
I apologise for not including Mr Walker's email address this is
I attach a link to guidance which was issued in 2000 by the Scottish
Executive on the interpretation of Item 32 of the Statement of Dental
Remuneration. Practitioner Services Division of NHS National Service
Scotland may have guidance on how they base decisions on
approval/refusal of orthodontic treatment. Mr Walker would be able to
advise on this.
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