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Dental Services: Essex

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were (a) seeking to be registered with and (b) on waiting lists for an NHS dentist in Essex in each of the last five years. (185316)

The information requested is not collected centrally. It is for local national health service organisations to determine how best to manage patients seeking NHS dental services.

Under the old contractual arrangements, which were in place until 31 March 2006, patients had to register with an individual dentist. Under the new contractual arrangements, introduced on 1 April 2006, patients do not have to be registered with an NHS dentist to receive NHS care.