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Dental Services: Hertfordshire

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of dental patients in the West Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust area were treated (a) by the NHS and (b) privately in each year from 1997 to 2007. (231934)

Information is not available in the format requested. Information on patients treated privately is not collected.

The number of patients registered with an NHS dentist as a proportion of the population, in England, as at 31 March, 1997 to 2006 is available in Annex B of the NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report, England: 31 March 2006. Information is provided by primary care trust (PCT) and by strategic health authority (SHA) where appropriate.

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, has already been placed in the Library and is also available on the NHS Information Centre website at:

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

Under the new dental 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.

Information on the number of patients seen by an NHS dentist in England, over the previous 24-month period, as a percentage of the population is available in Table C2 of Annex 3 of the NHS Dental Statistics for England: 2006-07 report. Information is available for the 24-month periods ending 31 March, 2006 and 2007. This information is provided by SHA and by PCT.

This report, published on 23 August 2007, has already been placed in the Library and is also available on the NHS Information Centre website at:

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

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

Increasing the number of patients seen within the NHS dental service is now a national priority in The Operating Framework for the NHS in England 2008-09. We have supported this with an 11 per cent. uplift in overall dental allocations to PCTs from 1 April 2008. Copies of the Operating Framework are already available in the Library.