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NHS: Eastbourne

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS (a) dentists and (b) patients were registered in Eastbourne constituency in each year since 1997. (125471)

Table 1 shows information on the number of national health service dentists and the numbers of patients registered with an NHS dentist as at 31 March 1997 to 2006 for the Eastbourne parliamentary constituency, under the old contractual arrangements.

Under the new dental contractual arrangements, introduced on 1 April 2006, registration data are no longer collected centrally. Instead, there is a new measure on patients seen within the last 24 months. The latest information of numbers of NHS dentists and patients seen within the last 24 months is provided in tables 2 and 3. These data are only available at England, strategic health authority (SHA) and primary care trust (PCT) levels and not at constituency level. The Eastbourne constituency is covered by Eastbourne Downs PCT.

Table 1: General dental services (GDS) and personal dental services (PDS): N umber of NHS dentists and patients registered with an NHS dentist within Eastbourne constituency as at 31 March each year

Dentists

Registrations

1997

51

57,696

1998

54

56,632

1999

52

52,885

2000

51

54,962

2001

50

54,570

2002

55

53,130

2003

61

55,392

2004

57

52,750

2005

60

53,528

2006

64

50,950

Notes:

1. Dentists consist of principals, assistants and trainees. Information on NHS dentistry in the community dental service, in hospitals and in prisons is excluded.

2. A dentist can provide as little or as much NHS treatment as he or she chooses or has agreed within the contract. In some cases an NHS dentist may be listed to carry out NHS work but may not do so for a given period.

3. The data in this report are based on NHS dentists on PCT lists from the BSA.

Sources:

The Information Centre for health and social care

NHS Business Services Authority (BSA)

Table 2: Number of dentists (performers) on open NHS contracts as at 30 June 2006 and 30 September 2006

Eastbourne Downs PCT

30 June 2006

69

30 September 2006

71

Notes:

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

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

3. A dentist can provide as little or as much NHS treatment as he or she chooses or has agreed within the contract. In some cases an NHS dentist may be listed to carry out NHS work but may not do so for a given period.

4. Data consists of performers in General Dental Services (GDS), Personal Dental Services (PDS) and Trust-led Dental Services.

Sources:

The Information Centre for health and social care.

NHS Business Services Authority (BSA).

Table 3: Number of patients seen in the two years ending 30 June 2006 and 30 September 2006

Eastbourne Downs PCT

30 June 2006

89,959

30 September 2006

89,597

Sources:

The Information Centre for health and social care

NHS Business Services Authority (BSA)