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Dental Services: Barnet

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists offering NHS services there are in Barnet; how many there were in 1997; and if he will make a statement. (177929)

The latest available data are for 2007 by primary care trusts (PCTs). As at 31 March 2007 there were 232 dentists on open national health service contracts in Barnet PCT.

As at 31 March 1997 there were 186 dentists on open NHS contracts in Barnet PCT.

Numbers of dentists by 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”. This information is based on the old contractual arrangements. This report published 23 August 2006 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 by PCT and SHA area as at 30 June 2006, 30 September 2006, 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 published 23 August 2007 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 published by the Information Centre for health and social care, the work force numbers quoted are headcounts and do not differentiate between full-time and part-time dentists, nor do they account for the fact that some dentists may do more NHS work than others.

The methodology and frequency for reporting workforce information are currently being reviewed. The purpose of the review is to ensure that, following experience of the first year of the new dental contract, figures provide an appropriate measure of the work force, given the way that the workforce reporting system is being used by PCTs. An update on the review was provided in the “NHS Dental Statistics for England, Quarter 2: 30 September 2007” report, published on 28 February 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are awaiting registration with an NHS dentist in Barnet; and if he will make a statement. (177989)

This information is not collected centrally.

Under the old contractual arrangements, which were in place until 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 a dentist to receive national health service care. 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. However, this is not directly comparable to the registration data for earlier years.

The numbers of patients seen by an NHS dentist in the 24-month period ending 31 March 2006, 31 March 2007 and 30 June 2007 are available in table C1 of annex 3 of the “NHS Dental Statistics, Q1 2007-08” report. These are the latest data available by primary care trust and strategic health authority area. This report, published on 28 November 2007 by the Information Centre for health and social care is available in the Library and is also available at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/dentstatsq10708