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Health: Dentistry

Volume 703: debated on Monday 30 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many people were registered with a National Health Service dentist in Essex in each quarter since 2001; and what percentage of the population of Essex this represented. [HL4310]

Information is not available in the format requested. Quarterly information for the years under the old contractual arrangements would be available only at disproportionate cost.

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. However, this is not directly comparable to the registration data for earlier years.

Information on the numbers of patients seen by an NHS dentist in England, over the previous 24-month period, for each quarter of 2006-07 is available in Table F1 of Annex 3 of the NHS Dental Statistics for England: Quarter 4: 31 March 2007 report. Information is provided by strategic health authority (SHA) and by primary care trust (PCT). This report, published on 19 June 2007, is available in the Library and is also available on the information centre for health and social care's website at: www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/dentalq4.

This information is based on the old contractual arrangements, which were in place up to and including 31 March 2006. The NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report : 31 March 2006, published on 23 August 2006, is available in the Library and is also available on the information centre for health and social care's website at: www.ic.nhs.uk/statistics-and-data-collections/primary -care/dentistry/nhs-dental-activity-and-workforce-report-england-31-march-2006.

Table F2 provides the information as a percentage of the population.

Information on the numbers of patients seen by an NHS dentist in England, over the previous 24-month period, for the first three quarters of 2007-08 is available in Table C1 of Annex 3 of the NHS Dental Statistics for England: Quarter 3: 31 December 2007 report. Information is provided by SHA and by PCT. This report, published on 5 June 2008, is available in the Library and is also available on the information centre for health and social care's website at: www.is.nhs.uk/pubs/dentalstats0708q3.

Table C2 provides the information as a percentage of the population.

All the reports have been published by the information centre for health and social care.