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Dental Services

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many courses of treatment dentists carried out in (a) the North Yorkshire and York primary care trust area and (b) England in each year since 1997. (254279)

The information is not available in the format requested. However, information is available on the numbers of courses of treatment (CoTs) in England in the years ending 31 March, 1997 to 2006 in Table 3 of the “NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report, England: 31 March 2006” report.

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 available on the NHS Information Centre website at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/dwfactivity

The number of CoTs performed in England in 2006-07 and 2007-08 are available in Table A4 of Annex 3 of the “NHS Dental Statistics for England: 2007/08” report. Information is provided by primary care trust and strategic health authority. 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:

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/dental0708

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many practising dentists there were in (a) the North Yorkshire and York primary care trust area and (b) England on 1 April in each year since 1997. (254280)

The numbers of national health service dentists, as at 31 March, 1997 to 2006 are 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 has already been placed in the Library and is also available on the NHS Information Centre website at:

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. 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

This measure is based on a revised methodology and therefore supersedes previously published work force 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.

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.