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Dental Services: Essex

Volume 477: debated on Friday 13 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists there were in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point in each of the last five years. (209633)

The number of national health service dentists in England at 31 March, 1997 to 2006, is 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. The report, published on 23 August 2006, is available in the Library and 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 dentists with open NHS contracts in England at 30 June 2006, 30 September 2006, 31 December 2006, and 31 March 2007 is available in Table El of Annex 3 of the report “NHS Dental Statistics for England: 2006-07”. This information is provided by SHA and by PCT. Data are not available by constituency. This information is based on the new contractual arrangements that were introduced on 1 April 2006. This report, published on 23 August 2007, is available in the Library and at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/dental0607

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 workforce data provided in the 2006-07 report are the latest available. Both reports were published by the Information Centre for health and social care.