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Dental Services: South East

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number and percentage of the population of (a) children and (b) adults in (i) the South East of England and (ii) Kent who were seen by an NHS dentist in each of the last five years. (195137)

The number of patients seen in a 24-month period replaced registration as a measure of access to national health service dentistry on 1 April 2006. Under the old contractual arrangements, which were in place up to and including 31 March 2006, access was measured through the number of patients registered with an NHS dentist. This measure is not directly comparable to the “patients seen” measure used under the new contractual arrangements.

The number and percentage of the population registered with an NHS dentist in England at 31 March each year from 1997 to 2006 are available in Annex A and Annex B of the report ‘NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report, England: 31 March 2006’. The information is provided for children and adults by primary care trust (PCT) and strategic health authority (SHA).

This report was published on 23 August 2006 and is available in the Library. It 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 and percentage of the population seen by an NHS dentist in the 24-month periods ending 31 March 2006, 31 March 2007, 30 June 2007 and 30 September 2007 are available in tables Cl and C2 of Annex 3 of the report ‘NHS Dental Statistics for England: Quarter 2, 30 September 2007’. The information is provided for children and adults by PCT and SHA.

This report was published on 28 February 2008 and is available in the Library. It is also available at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/dentalstatsq20708

Both reports were published by The Information Centre for health and social care.