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Dental Services: Manpower

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) dentist to patient and (b) orthodontist to patient ratio is in each (A) strategic health authority and (B) primary care trust area in England; and what those ratios were in each of the last five years. (142418)

The requested information has been placed in the Library and shows the number of patients registered with a national health service dentist per number of NHS dentists, by strategic health authority (SHA) and primary care trust (PCT) in England, as at 31 March for each of the years from 2001 to 2006.

This information is based on the old contractual arrangements. Under the new NHS dental contractual arrangements, patients do not have to be registered with a dentist to receive NHS care. Information is, however, collected on the number of patients receiving NHS care or treatment at least once within the most recent two-year period (patients seen). This is not comparable to registration data for earlier years.

The information placed in the Library also shows the number of patients seen in the previous 24 months per number of dentists on open NHS contracts, by SHA and PCT in England, as at 31 December 2006.

Both these sets of data include NHS orthodontic services, but these services could only be separately identified at disproportionate cost.

Annex F of the “NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report, England: 31 March 2006” contains information comparing the numbers of people resident in each SHA and PCT area with the numbers of dentists providing NHS services in that area as at March for each year from 2001 to 2006.

This report is available in the Library and is also available on-line at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/statistics-and-data-collections/primary-care/dentistry/nhsdental-activity-and-workforce-report-england-31-march-2006.

Section G of Annex 3 of the “NHS Dental Statistics for England Q3: 31 December 2006” report contains information comparing the numbers of people resident in each SHA and PCT area with the numbers of dentists on open NHS contracts in that area as at 30 June, 30 September and 31 December 2006.

This report is available in the Library and is also available on-line at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/statistics-and-data-collections/primary-care/dentistry/nhs-dental-statistics-for-england-q3:-31-december-2006.