Dentistry

Health written question – answered on 4th February 2004.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Shadow Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists' surgeries in Brent East constituency are accepting new NHS patients.

Photo of John Hutton John Hutton Minister of State, Department of Health, Minister of State (Department of Health) (Health)

Figures collected by the Department are by primary care trust (PCT) and not by constituency.

Brent PCT has:

51 dental surgeries accepting children (latest data available—January 2004);

13 dental surgeries accepting national health service charge-paying patients i.e. those not exempt from payment (latest data available—January 2004); and

44 dental surgeries accepting NHS charge-exempt patients (latest data available—October 2003).

The nhs.uk website at: www.nhs.uk/root/administration/reports/dentalreport.asp gives information on dental practices and whether or not new patients are being accepted.

Note:

1. Some surgeries may accept more than one type of patient. So the overall total of 64 surgeries includes some surgeries which are not accepting new NHS patients.

2. There may be some dental surgeries which are not included in the nhs.uk figures. nhs.uk figures have been used here because that source gives information on dentists' acceptance practices.

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