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Dental Services: Contracts

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) general dental services contracts and (b) personal dental services contracts signed by, or on, 1 April 2006 on an in dispute basis remain in dispute, broken down by strategic health authority (SHA) area; and what proportion of contracts signed in each SHA area this represents. (131936)

The most recent available information on dental contracts that were in dispute (as at 31 January 2007) is set out in the following table. This information is not collected in a form that can be broken down into general dental services and personal dental services contracts.

New SHA

Total number of dental contracts signed in April 2006

Number of dental contracts in dispute as at 31 January 2007

Percentage of dental contracts signed in April 2006 that remained in dispute as at 31 January 2007

East Midlands

595

88

14.8

East of England

925

64

6.9

London

1,380

133

9.6

North East

355

6

1.7

North West

1,171

54

4.6

South Central

639

45

7.0

South East Coast

756

56

7.4

South West

832

58

7.0

West Midlands

1,020

98

9.6

Yorkshire and the Humber

704

108

15.3

England

8,377

710

8.5

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists in (a) England, (b) each strategic health authority and (c) each primary care trust (i) rejected the new dental contract on 1 April 2006, (ii) disputed the contract, (iii) disputed but have now accepted the contract and (iv) have not yet resolved their disputed contract; and what percentage of those who were offered the contract these numbers represent in each case. (129896)