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Dental Services: Cornwall

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were seen by dentists in Cornwall in each of the last 10 years. (256456)

This information is not available in the format requested.

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 the primary care trust (PCT) and by the strategic health authority (SHA). This information is based on the new dental contractual arrangements, introduced on 1 April 2006.

The “NHS Dental Statistics, Q1 2008/09” report, was published on 27 November 2008 and is available on the NHS Information Centre website at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/dentalstats0809q1

This publication has already been placed in the Library.

The patients seen measure is not available under the old dental contractual arrangements, which were in place up to and including 31 March 2006. The closest equivalent measure to patients seen is the number of patients registered with an NHS dentist. However, this is not directly comparable to the patients seen data under the new contractual arrangements.

The number of patients registered with an NHS dentist, in England, as at 31 March, 1997 to 2006 is available in annex A of the “NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report, England: 31 March 2006”. Information is provided by PCT and by SHA.

The “NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report, England: 31 March 2006” report, was published on 23 August 2006 and is available on the NHS Information Centre website at:

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

This publication has already been placed in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many treatments have been carried out by dentists in Cornwall in each year since 1998. (256460)

The number of courses of treatment 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 the primary care trust and the strategic health authority. This information is based on the new dental contractual arrangements, introduced on 1 April 2006.

Validated information at a regional level under the old contractual arrangements could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The “NHS Dental Statistics for England: 2007/08” report was published on 21 August 2008 and is available on the NHS Information Centre website at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/dental0708

This publication has already been placed in the Library.