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Dental Services

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS (a) dentists and (b) orthodontists there were in each (i) strategic health authority and (ii) primary care trust area in England in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (235712)

Information is not available in the format requested. The following information relates to the primary care dental services.

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

This measure counted the number of NHS dentists recorded on 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, 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

The numbers of dentists with NHS activity during the years ending 31 March, 2007 and 2008 are available in Table G1 of Annex 3 of the “NHS Dental Statistics for England: 2007-08” report. Information is provided by SHA and by PCT. This information is based on the new dental contractual arrangements, introduced on 1 April 2006.

Following a recent consultation exercise, this measure is based on a revised methodology and therefore supersedes previously published workforce figures relating to the new dental contractual arrangements. It is not comparable to the information collected under the old contractual arrangements. This revised methodology counted the number of dental performers with NHS activity recorded via FP17 claim forms in each year ending 31 March. This report, published on 21 August 2008, 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

Further work is planned over the next few months to determine whether the new definition used under the new dental contractual arrangements can be applied to the years under the old contractual arrangements to produce a consistent time series.

Dentists undertaking orthodontic work will appear in the figures in both of the above reports; however, it is not possible to separately identify such dentists.

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.

Tables 7a and 7b of the Dental Working Hours, England and Wales 2006-07 and 2007-08 report show working hours information for dentists identified as carrying out more orthodontic work than non-orthodontic work and vice versa.

This report, published on 21 August 2008, has already been placed in the Library and is also available on the NHS Information Centre website at:

http://www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/dentalworkinghours0708

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) NHS dentist to patient and (b) NHS orthodontist to patient ratio is in each (i) strategic health authority and (ii) primary care trust area in England; and what those ratios were in each of the last five years. (235713)

Information is not available in the format requested. The following information relates to the primary care dental services.

The number of persons per national health service dentist in England, as at 31 March, 1997 to 2006 is available in Annex F of the “NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report England: 31 March 2006” report. The information is provided by primary care trust (PCT) and strategic health authority (SHA).

This measure related to the number of NHS dentists recorded on 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, published on 23 August 2006, has already been placed in the Library and is also on the NHS Information Centre website at:

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

The number of dentists with NHS activity per 100,000 population, during the years ending 31 March, 2007 and 2008 is available in Table G1 of Annex 3 of the “NHS Dental Statistics for England: 2007-08” report. Information is available by SHA and by PCT. This information is based on the new dental contractual arrangements, introduced on 1 April 2006.

Following a recent consultation exercise, this measure is based on a revised methodology and therefore supersedes previously published workforce figures relating to the new dental contractual arrangements. It is not comparable to the information collected under the old contractual arrangements. The revised methodology counts the number of dental performers with NHS activity recorded via FP17 claim forms in each year ending 31 March. This report, published on 21 August 2008, has already been placed in the Library and is also on the NHS Information Centre website at:

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

Dentists undertaking orthodontic work will appear in the figures in both of the aforementioned reports, however, it is not possible to separately identify such dentists.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2008, Official Report, column 303W, on dental services, what items of information are supplied by dental providers on FP17 forms. (235726)

This information is contained in dental form FP17, a copy of which has been placed in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2008, Official Report, column 303W, on dental services, what the average patient recall interval was for dentists in each (a) primary care trust area and (b) strategic health authority region in the latest period for which figures are available. (235727)

Information could be made available only in the form requested at disproportionate cost. Such management information as is available is set out in the table entitled ‘Primary Dental Care Patient Re-Attendance Intervals’ which has been placed in the Library. Information is provided for the period April to September 2008 by primary care trust. This is the latest period for which data are available.