To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the population are believed by the Chief Medical Officer to be covered by dental practices registered with NHS trusts as taking NHS patients; and what percentage of that group are in practice told that they can only be taken on privately. [HL56]
Information is not available in the format requested.
Information on the number of patients seen by a National Health Service dentist in the previous 24 months as a percentage of the population is available in Table E4 of Annexe 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.
Currently, there is no source of information on the number of patients who have been offered private treatment.