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Dental Services

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of adults in (a) North Wiltshire constituency, (b) Wiltshire and (c) England received treatment from a dentist under the NHS in each of the last 10 years. (258291)

Information is not available in the format requested.

The proportion of the adult population registered with a national health service dentist in England, as at 31 March, 1997 to 2006 is available in Annex B of the “NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report, England: 31 March 2006”. Information is provided by primary care trust (PCT) and by strategic health authority (SHA).

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:

Under the new dental contractual arrangements, introduced on 1 April 2006, patients do not have to be registered with an NHS 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.

Information on adult patients seen in the previous 24 months as a percentage of the adult population in England is available in Table D5 Annex 3 of the “NHS Dental Statistics, Quarter 2: 30 September 2008” report. Information is available at quarterly intervals, from 31 March 2006 to 30 September 2008 and is provided by PCT and SHA.

This report has been placed in the Library.

This information is not available by constituency.