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Dental Services

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions in the last 12 months each of his Department's Ministers visited (a) an NHS dentist, (b) a private dentist and (c) an optometrist as part of their official duties. (246792)

As part of their official duties, departmental Ministers visit a wide variety of health centres and practices meeting a number of dental and optical professionals. The following visits occurred during the period January-December 2008.

Visits by each Minister to dental practices or centres in the last 12 months are shown in the following table.

Minister

Visit

Date

Alan Johnson

NHS

Deeplish NHS LIFT Health Centre

20 September 2008

NHS

Goyt Valley Medical and Dental Practice (NHS), Whaley Bridge

10 October 2008

Ben Bradshaw

NHS

Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry

7 March 2008

NHS

Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich LIFTco

7 July 2008

NHS

Old Market Dental Practice Newton, Dorset

19 June 2008

Phil Hope

NHS

Bristol Dental Hospital, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

20 October 2008

Ann Keen

NHS

University of Central Lancashire Dental Education Centre, Morecambe

21 August 2008

Opticians

Opticians practice (Brentford) as part of event to raise awareness of importance of eye tests

5 July 2008

Dawn Primarolo

Lord Darzi

Note:

NHS contract holders often provide both private and NHS dental care.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children have received dental treatment under the NHS in each primary care trust in England in each of the last 12 months. (250175)

The information is not available in the format requested. Information is available on the number of child patients seen by a national health service dentist in the previous 24 months in England is available in table D7 of annex 3 of the NHS Dental Statistics, Q1 2008-09 report. Information is provided by primary care trust and strategic health authority. Information is available as at quarterly intervals, from 31 March 2006 to 30 June 2008.

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

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/dentalstats0809q1

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists there were per head of population in (a) England and (b) each region in each year since 1997. (250176)

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. Information is available by strategic health authority (SHA) and primary care trust (PCT).

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

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/dwfactivity

Information on population per NHS dentist and NHS dentists 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. This information is based on the new dental contractual arrangements. This report has already been placed in the Library and is also available on the NHS Information Centre website at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/dental0708

The count of dentists 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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the population was treated by a dentist under the NHS in each primary care trust area in each strategic health authority in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008. (250306)

Under the new dental contractual arrangements, introduced on 1 April 2006, patients do not have to be registered with a national health service 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.

The number of patients seen in the previous 24 months in England, as at quarterly intervals, from 31 March 2006 to 30 June 2008 is available in Table D3 of Annex 3 of the “NHS Dental Statistics, Q1 2008-09” report. Information is provided by primary care trust and strategic health authority.

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

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/dentalstats0809q1.