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Dental Services: Leeds

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists were providing NHS services in Leeds West constituency on the latest date for which figures are available. (295347)

The numbers of dentists with national health service activity during the year ending 31 March 2009 are available in Table G1 of Annex 3 of the ‘NHS Dental Statistics for England: 2008/09’ report. Information is provided for England and by strategic health authority and primary care trust, but is not available by constituency. This information is based on the new dental contractual arrangements, introduced on 1 April 2006. This report, published on 19 August 2009, has been placed in the Library and is also available on The Information Centre for health and social care website at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/dentalstats0809

Following a recent consultation exercise, this measure is based on a revised methodology and therefore supersedes any 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.

These published figures relate to a headcount 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.