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Dental Services: Hemel Hempstead

Volume 477: debated on Friday 13 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many units of dental activity were claimed by dentists in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) England in each quarter since the introduction of the new dental contract. (209356)

Units of dental activity (UDAs) delivered are reported by dentists to the Dental Services Division of the NHS Business Services Authority. Information on the number of UDAs delivered is available in the following reports for England, and by strategic health authority (SHA) and by primary care trust (PCT). Hemel Hempstead is in West Hertfordshire PCT. This information could be provided by constituency only at disproportionate cost.

Information for the first and second quarter of 2007-08 is available in Tables B1 and B2 of Annex 4 of the “NHS Dental Statistics for England: Quarter 3, 31 December 2007” report. This report, published on 5 June 2008, is available in the Library and is also available at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/dentalstats0708q3

Information for the third quarter of 2007-08 is available in Table B1 of Annex 3 of the Report.

Information for 2006-07 is available in Table B1 of Annex 3 of the “NHS Dental Statistics for England: 2006-07” report. This shows the total number of UDAs for the year.

This Report, published, on 23 August 2007, is available in the Library and is also available at:

http://www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/dental0607

Due to an improvement in the methodology used for the first time in the full year activity data in the Report, quarterly activity data for 2006-07, based on the old methodology, are not comparable.

Activity is now measured as the number of courses of treatment (UDAs are allocated to a course of treatment) which end within any given quarter of the year. Previously, it had been measured as the number of activity report forms processed by the Dental Services Division of the NHS Business Services Authority within that quarter, of which some forms may have related to courses of treatment carried out in earlier quarters.

All the Reports have been published by the Information Centre for health and social care.