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Dental Services: East of England

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of dentists in each county in the East of England undertake NHS work. (296168)

Information on the number of practicing dentists who undertake only private practice is not collected centrally.

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. 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:

Information is provided for England and by strategic health authority (SHA) and primary care trust (PCT), but is not available by county.

For the year ending 31 March 2009, the numbers of dentists with NHS activity within the East of England SHA were as follows:


East of England SHA


Bedfordshire PCT


Cambridgeshire PCT


East and North Hertfordshire PCT


Great Yarmouth and Waveney PCT


Luton PCT


Mid Essex PCT


Norfolk PCT


North East Essex PCT


Peterborough PCT


South East Essex PCT


South West Essex PCT


Suffolk PCT


West Essex PCT


West Hertfordshire PCT


This information is based on the new dental contractual arrangements introduced on 1 April 2006.

Following a recent consultation exercise, this measure is based on a revised methodology and therefore supersedes any previously published workforce figures relating to the new dental contractual arrangements. It is not comparable to the information collected under the old contractual arrangements. This revised methodology counts the number of dental performers with NHS activity recorded via FP17 claim forms in each year ending 31 March.

These published figures 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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of dentists in each county in the East of England were offering treatment to new NHS patients at the latest date for which information is available. (296171)

Information on the number of dentists accepting new national health service patients at any point in time is not collected centrally. Primary care trusts are responsible for monitoring the availability of primary dental care services and for maintaining information for local helplines and patient information services on where new patients may obtain NHS services.