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Dental Services

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage of people in (a) Bolton and (b) England who have access to an NHS dentist. (295305)

Information on the number of patients seen by an national health service dentist in the previous 24 months as a percentage of the population is available in Table E4 of Annex 3 of the ‘NHS Dental Statistics for England: 2008/09’ report. Information is provided by primary care trust and strategic health authority in England and is available at quarterly intervals, from 31 March 2006 to 30 June 2009.

This report, published on 19 August 2009, has already been placed in the Library and is also available on the NHS Information Centre website at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/dentalstats0809

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) the Minister, (b) his advisers and (c) officials of his Department saw the notes of the visits by the Chief Dental Officer or his representatives to (i) maxillofacial and (ii) dental hospitals which were subsequently used in the production of the report by the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board on oral and maxillofacial surgery. (295835)

As the report indicated, the terms of the review did not extend to formal reporting on the visits. Departmental officials who were members of the review group have seen any notes taken. The Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board is an independent regulatory body.