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Dental Services: Manpower

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists were employed under (a) general dental service contracts and (b) personal dental service contracts in each year since 1997; and how many general dental services and personal dental services dentists there were per 10,000 population (i) for England and (ii) in each strategic health authority area in the most recent period for which figures are available. (156418)

Numbers of national health service dentists in England as at 31 March 1997 to 2006 are available in the “NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report England: 31 March 2006”. Table 4 of this report includes information by contract type, including those on general dental services (GDS), personal dental services (PDS) contracts and those who have both a GDS and PDS contract.

This report has been placed in the Library and is also available at:

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

Numbers of NHS dentists per 10,000 of population are not published. Statistical convention is to publish NHS dental workforce figures per 100,000 of population and these numbers are available for England at primary care trust (PCT) and strategic health authority (SHA) level as at 31 March 2007 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.

This report has been placed in the Library and is also available at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/dental0607.

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.