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Dental Services: York

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general dental practitioners providing NHS services there were in the City of York (a) at the latest date for which figures are available and (b) in each of the last 10 years. (197129)

The number of national health service dentists, in England, as at 31 March, 1997 to 2006 are available in Annex E and Annex G of the “NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report England: 31 March 2006”. Annex E provides information by strategic health authority (SHA) and by primary care trust (PCT). Annex G provides information by constituency.

This information is based on the old contractual arrangements, which were in place up to and including 31 March 2006. This report, published on 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 dentists on open NHS contracts, in England, 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 information is provided by SHA and by PCT. Information by constituency is not available under the new dental contractual arrangements.

This report, published on 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.

The 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 for reporting dental work force information since the introduction of the new contract on 1 April 2006 is currently under review. The review is to ensure that the figures provide an appropriate measure of the work force, given the way that the work force reporting system is being used by PCTs. The work force data provided in the 2006-07 report will therefore remain the latest available until this review is complete.

Both reports have been published by the Information Centre for health and social care.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of (a) adults and (b) children in (i) the City of York, (ii) Yorkshire and the Humber and (iii) England were registered with an NHS dentist in each of the last 10 years. (197130)

Figures showing the proportion of the population registered with an national health service dentist, adults and children, in England, as at 31 March, 1997 to 2006 are available in Annex B of the “NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report, England: 31 March 2006”. Information is provided by strategic health authority (SHA) and by primary care trust (PCT).

This information is based on the old contractual arrangements, which were in place up to and including 31 March 2006. This report, published on 23 August 2006, is available in the Library and also available at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/statistics-and-data-collections/primary-care/dentistry/nhs-dental-activity-and-workforce-report-england-31-march-2006.

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

The number of adults and children seen by an NHS dentist as a percentage of the population, in England, are available in Table C2 of Annex 3 of the “NHS Dental Statistics for England: Quarter 2, 30 September 2007” report. Information is available for the 24-month periods ending 31 March 2006, 31 March 2007, 30 June 2007 and 30 September 2007. The information is provided by SHA and by PCT.

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

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/dentalstatsq20708.

Both reports have been published by the Information Centre for health and social care.

The information requested is not available at constituency level.