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Dental Services: Lancashire

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists doing NHS work were practising in East Lancashire in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) at the latest date for which figures are available. (157580)

Numbers of national health service dentists are available for Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Primary Care Trust (PCT) and Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale PCT as at 31 March 1997 to 2006 in Annex E of the NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report England: 31 March 2006. These PCTs merged to form East Lancashire PCT on 1 October 2006.

The information in this report is based on the old contractual arrangements. This report is available in the Library and is available at:

Numbers of NHS dentists at strategic health authority (SHA) and PCT level in England as at 31 March 2007 are available in Table El of Annex 3 of the NHS Dental Statistics for England: 2006-07 report. This is the most recent period for which figures are available. Information is available for East Lancashire PCT.

This information is based on the new dental contractual arrangements, introduced on 1 April 2006. This report is available in the Library and is also available at:

The inclusion of dentists on trust led contracts in the data collection following the 2006 reforms means that data collected since April 2006 cannot be directly compared with data collected under the previous system.

In both reports, no account is taken of the level of service, if any, that each dentist provides. Both reports have been published by The Information Centre for health and social care.