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Dental Services: Southend on Sea

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have registered with a dental surgeon in Southend in each year since 1997. (320644)

The number of people registered with a national health service dentist in England, as at 31 March 1997 to 2006 is available in Annex A 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, published on 23 August 2006, has already been placed in the Library and is also available on the NHS Information Centre website at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/dwfactivity.

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 the number of patients seen in the previous 24 months, in England, is available in Table D1 of Annex 3 of the “NHS Dental Statistics, Quarter 2: 30 September 2009” report. Information is available at quarterly intervals, from 31 March 2006 to 31 December 2009 and is provided by PCT and SHA.

This report, published on 23 February 2010, has already been placed in the Library and is also available on the NHS Information Centre website at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/dentalstats0910q2.