NHS Dentistry

Health written question – answered on 6th November 2001.

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Photo of Sandra Gidley Sandra Gidley Liberal Democrat, Romsey

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists were taking on new patients on 1 September.

Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

There are some 16,000 general dental service dentists in England. Some of these dentists have no patient registrations including specialist dentists such as those with practices limited to orthodontics. 14,000 dentists took on at least one new registration during August 2001.

In addition, there were 400 personal dental service dentists, 100 salaried dentists and 1,300 dentists in the community dental service who may have been taking on some new national health service patients.

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