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Dental Services: South Yorkshire

Volume 492: debated on Wednesday 20 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of (a) adults and (b) children are registered with an NHS dentist in (i) Barnsley, (ii) Rotherham, (iii) Doncaster, (iv) South Yorkshire and (v) England. (276420)

The information is not available in the format requested.

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.

Information on patients seen as a percentage of the population, in England, is available in table D6 and D8 of annex 3 of the “NHS Dental Statistics, Quarter 2: 30 September 2008” report. Information is split for adults and children and is available at quarterly intervals, from 31 March 2006 to 30 September 2008. This is split by primary care trust and strategic health authority.

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

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/dentalstats0809q2

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been allocated for dentistry in (a) Barnsley, (b) Rotherham and (c) Doncaster in each of the last three years. (276421)

The primary dental service funding allocations made to the Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) for the three years 2006-07 to 2008-09 are shown in the following table. These are net of income from dental charges paid by patients, which are retained locally to supplement the resources available for dentistry. Actual expenditure levels are determined by the pattern and type of services commissioned by each PCT. PCTs may also dedicate some of their other national health service resources to dentistry if they consider this an appropriate local priority.

Primary dental service net funding allocations for Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster PCTs

£000

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Barnsley

8,210

8,720

9,688

Rotherham

7,361

7,838

8,787

Doncaster

13,710

14,574

16,058

Notes:

1. The allocation figure for 2006-07 for Doncaster is the aggregate of the allocations made initially to Doncaster Central, Doncaster East, and Doncaster West PCTs before they merged to form the Doncaster PCT, with effect from 1 October 2006.

2. PCTs are awarded separate funding allocations to meet the cost of any dental vocational trainees who may be placed with dental practices in their area.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what allocation of orthodontic units of activity has been awarded to practitioners in (a) Barnsley, (b) Rotherham and (c) Doncaster in each of the last three years for which figures are available. (276422)

The information is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.