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Dental Services: Manpower

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists there were on a (a) full-time equivalent and (b) headcount basis in England in each of the last five years. (231553)

The information is not available in the format requested.

The number of national health service dentists, as at 31 March, 1997 to 2006 is available in Table 4 of the ‘NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report England: 31 March 2006’.

This measure counted the number of NHS dentists recorded on primary care trust (PCT) lists as at 31 March each year. This information is based on the old contractual arrangements, which were in place up to and including 31 March 2006. This report 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.

The numbers of dentists with NHS activity during the years ending 31 March, 2007 and 2008 are available in Table 32 of the ‘NHS Dental Statistics for England: 2007/08’ report. This information is based on the new dental contractual arrangements, introduced on 1 April 2006. This report has already been placed in the Library and is also available on the NHS Information Centre website at:

http://www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/dental0708.

Both sets of published figures relate to 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.

Data on full-time equivalent dentists are not available.