– Scottish Parliament written question – answered at on 14 March 2006.

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Photo of Margaret Ewing Margaret Ewing Scottish National Party

Question S2W-23690

To ask the Scottish Executive what the ratio of NHS dentists to patients has been in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

Photo of Lewis Macdonald Lewis Macdonald Labour

The information requested is shown in the following table.

Number of NHS General Dental Practitioners1,2 Per 100,000 Population, by Local Authority3 Area, at 30 September

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Local Authority19992000200120022003200420054
Aberdeen City40.138.938.740.144.046.745.2
Argyll and Bute36.037.336.136.336.136.242.8
Scottish Borders33.133.935.538.
West Dunbartonshire42.438.339.637.736.835.940.2
Dumfries and Galloway27.
Dundee City46.048.448.849.951.055.056.4
East Ayrshire34.033.331.630.134.336.834.2
East Dunbartonshire46.
East Lothian46.045.641.046.348.349.147.0
East Renfrewshire48.647.247.046.949.149.154.7
City of Edinburgh50.850.652.354.553.552.556.2
Glasgow City46.848.548.651.450.353.355.0
North Ayrshire37.935.936.836.937.536.039.7
North Lanarkshire35.735.537.136.738.841.542.1
Orkney Islands25.731.
Perth and Kinross39.240.742.246.644.946.553.1
Shetland Islands35.536.145.550.154.954.745.6
South Ayrshire45.243.646.445.744.849.248.3
South Lanarkshire42.041.440.440.140.940.640.9
West Lothian43.340.837.739.438.539.939.9
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar40.444.841.630.530.726.730.5

Sources: MIDAS (Management Information and Dental Accounting System). GROS (General Register Office for Scotland), mid-year population estimates, 1999-2004.


1. Comprises non-salaried and salaried NHS principal general dental practitioners, including joint appointments. Information on NHS dentists working in the Hospital and Community Dental Service is not available by local authority.

2. An NHS general dental practitioner may have more than one contract with an NHS board if he/she has more than one practice, or a contract with more than one NHS board if he/she practises in more than one NHS board area. As a result, the sum of the number of dentists in each local authority area exceeds the number of dentists practising in Scotland.

3. Based on location of dental practice.

4. Due to improvements in the collection of information on General Dental Service (GDS) salaried dentists, figures for September 2005 include some GDS salaried dentists who were not previously recorded. There are a number of cases where a salaried post will be recorded under a generic name and not under the name of a specific dentist. A number of dentists may work in this post at any given time. For years prior to September 2005 it was assumed that, since there was no named individual recorded, a permanent dentist was not in post. As a result, all posts recorded without a named individual were previously excluded from GDS salaried dentist counts. However, information is now available on the individuals who fill these posts. These dentists are now included in the GDS salaried dentist count, which has resulted in an increase in the number of salaried dentists from 93 at 30 September 2004 to 187 at the 30 September 2005.

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