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Dentists to trial new contracts

Some 68 practices across England are gearing up to trial new dental contracts, it has been revealed.

The pilot scheme will see dentists paid for the number of patients they care for and the health outcomes.

Currently they are paid for the number of courses of treatment they perform.

The changes are aimed at improving access to dental services for patients and the overall health of NHS patients.

The proposals come after dentists said that their current contracts leave no scope for reward for carrying out quality care or delivering prevention.

The Coalition Government's health secretary, Andrew Lansley, said: "It is vital that patients receive high quality dental care and we are committed to promoting good oral health and preventing dental decay, especially in children."

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