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Dental Services: Dorset

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists there were in North Dorset in each year since 1997; and how many of them (a) admitted new adult patients to their list and (b) treated NHS patients between the ages of 18 and 65 years in each of those years. (165255)

[holding answer 20 November 2007]: Numbers of national health service dentists at primary care trust (PCT) and strategic health authority (SHA) level 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 at parliamentary constituency level is available in annex G.

Numbers of adult patients (aged 18 and over) registered with an NHS dentist at PCT and SHA level as at 31 March 1997 to 2006 are available in annex A of the aforementioned report. Information at parliamentary constituency level is available in annex C.

This information is based on the old contractual arrangements. This 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 number of NHS dentists at 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.

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, the work force 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.

Since April 2006, patients no longer have to be registered with a dental practice to receive NHS care and treatment. The closest equivalent current measure is the number of patients receiving NHS dental services (‘patients seen’) in a given area over a 24-month period, for that area. However, this is not directly comparable to the registration data for earlier years.

The number of adult patients (aged 18 and over) seen in the 24-month periods ending 31 March 2006 and 31 March 2007 are available in table C1 of annex 3 of the “NHS Dental Statistics for England 2006-07” report. Information is available at PCT and SHA area in England.

This report is available in the Library and is also available at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/dental0607

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) 18 to 65 and (b) under 18-year-olds were registered for NHS dentist treatment in North Dorset in each year since 1997. (165256)

[holding answer 20 November 2007]: The number of adult and child patients registered with a national health service dentist are available in annex A of the “NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report, England: 31 March 2006”. This report is available in the Library.

Information is available for strategic health authority (SHA) and primary care trust (PCT) area, in England, 31 March 1997 to 31 March 2006.

This information is based on contractual arrangements prior to 31 March 2006.

The report 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

Since April 2006, patients no longer have to be registered with a dental practice to receive NHS care and treatment.

The closest equivalent measure to ‘registration’ is the number of patients receiving NHS dental services (‘patients seen’) in a given area over a 24-month period, for that area. However, this is not directly comparable to the registration data for earlier years.

The number of adult and child patients seen in the 24-month periods ending 31 March 2006 and 31 March 2007 are available in table C1 of annex 3 of the “NHS Dental Statistics for England 2006-07” report. This report is available in the Library. Information is available for SHA and PCT areas in England.

This report is also available online at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/dental0607

The reports are published by the Information Centre for health and social care.