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Dental Services

Volume 457: debated on Wednesday 7 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists there are in (a) England and (b) Somerset; how many accept new (i) NHS and (ii) private patients; and if she will make a statement. (125556)

[holding answer 6 March 2007]: Data on dentists accepting new national health service and private patients are not collected centrally.

Information on the dental workforce under the new dental contractual arrangements, introduced on 1 April 2006, is published at every quarter by The Information Centre for health and social care. The latest information is as at 30 September 2006 and is provided in the following table, with the primary care trust (PCT) boundaries as at 30 September 2006.

The Information Centre for health and social care will publish information as at 30 June, 30 September and 31 December 2006 by the new PCT boundaries (PCT boundaries as at 1 October 2006) on 23 March 2007.

Numbers of dentists (performers) on open NHS contracts in England and within the specified PCTs as at 30 September 2006




Mendip PCT


Somerset Coast PCT


South Somerset PCT


Taunton Deane PCT



1. A performer is defined as a dentist who has been set up on the BSA’s payments online (POL) system by the PCT to work under an open contract during the relevant period.

2. Data provided are a count of the individuals listed as performers on open contracts within a PCT, including orthodontists.

3. In some cases an NHS dentist may be listed to carry out NHS work but may not do so for a given period.

4. Dentists will be counted more than once if they have contracts in more than one PCT. The England total excludes duplication.

5. The PCTs listed are those that now form Somerset PCT as a result of the 1 October 2006 PCT boundary changes.


The Information Centre for health and social care NHS Business Services Authority (BSA)