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Dentistry, Durham

Volume 226: debated on Wednesday 16 June 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many courses of dental treatment were carried out in the Durham area under the NHS in 1979; and what were the equivalent figures for the last 12-month period for which figures are available.

The information is shown in the table.

Courses of treatment carried out in the Durham Family Health Services Authority area under the General Dental Service during 1979 and 1992–93
YearUnder 18118 and overTotal1
1979103,630153,160256,790
1992–9342,476269,315311,791
1 Under the new dental contract introduced on 1 October 1990, most child treatment is undertaken under capitation where no separate course of treatment is identified. These figures are therefore not comparable.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement about the availability of NHS dental treatment in the Durham area.

We are advised that patients in the Durham area have had no difficulty in registering with a national health service dentist.