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Nhs Dentists

Volume 405: debated on Monday 12 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists have transferred wholly to private practice in each of the last five years. [111261]

The information requested is not available centrally. The information collected is for the number of dentists treating National Health Service patients. This number rose by 1,672 between 1997 and 2002. The number is for the net increase after allowing for those leaving or joining.