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Dental Services: Eastern Region

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of dentists in each county in the East of England are taking on new NHS patients. (159225)

Data on dentists accepting new national health service patients are not collected centrally.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of dentists in each county in the East of England undertake NHS work. (159226)

Information is not available in the format requested. However, The Information Centre for Health and Social Care only holds information for dentists that derive at least part of their income from a national health service primary care trust (PCT) contract to provide NHS dental treatment.

The numbers of NHS dentists at PCT and strategic health authority (SHA) level as at 30 June, 30 September, 31 December 2006 and 31 March 2007 are available in Table El 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.

Note that the numbers quoted are headcounts and do not differentiate between full and part-time dentists, nor do they account for the fact that some dentists may do more NHS work than others.

The report has been published by The Information Centre for Health and Social Care.