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Dental Services: Shropshire

Volume 464: debated on Friday 19 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered NHS dentists there were in Shropshire in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006. (159169)

The numbers of national health service dentists at primary care trust (PCT) (including Shropshire PCT) and strategic health authority (SHA) area as at 31 March 1997 to 2006 are available in annex E of the “NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report England: 31 March 2006”. Information is based on old contractual arrangements.

The report is available 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

The numbers of NHS dentists at PCT (including Shropshire PCT) and SHA level as at 30 June, 30 September, 31 December 2006 and 31 March 2007 are available in table E1 of annex 3 of the “NHS Dental Statistics for England: 2006-07” report.

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:

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.

In both reports, no account is taken of the level of NHS service, if any, that each dentist provides.