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Dental Services: Milton Keynes

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what spare capacity expressed in patient numbers is available for (a) under 18, (b) over 18 fee paying and (c) over 18 charge exempt people who want to register with an NHS dentist in Milton Keynes, broken down by dental practice. (146707)

[holding answer 29 June 2007]: Information is not available in the format requested. Since April 2006 patients have no longer been required to register with a particular dentist.

Information is held centrally on the number of patients broken down by adults and children who received care or treatment from a national health service dentist in the most recent 14 months. As at 31 March 2007 53.8 per cent. of patients in Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust had seen an NHS dentist at least once in the previous 24 months, for adults this was 47.0 per cent. and for children this was 74.6 per cent.