Dentistry

Health written question – answered on 11th February 2004.

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Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) headcount and (b) whole-time equivalent figures are for dentists for each year since 1996 for (i) England, (ii) each NHS region and (iii) each strategic health authority.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

The information on the number of national health service dentists on a headcount basis in each region of England and by strategic health authority (SHA) at September each year from 1996 to 2002 is shown in the table.

Information is not available on a whole-time equivalent (wte) basis because general dental service dentists are self employed dentists who do not work standard hours and who are able to vary their hours and their NHS commitment.

NHS dentists cover dentists working in the general dental service (GDS), hospital dental service (HDS), community dental service (CDS), personal dental service (PDS) and salaried service of the GDS. Dentists working in more than one dental service are included in each service apart from dentists working in both PDS and GDS who are counted in the GDS only.

Information for 2003 on all NHS dentists is not yet available.

National Health Service: Number of dentists in England by region and Strategic Health Authority at September each year
1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
England 19,980 20,483 21,041 21,556 21,902 22,438 22,810
NHS Region
Northern and Yorkshire 2,401 2,477 2,540 2,558 2,589 2,668
Trent 1,749 1,799 1,820 1,900 1,915 1,918
West Midlands 1,895 1,938 1,982 1,998 2,058 2,134
North West 2,740 2,777 2,846 2,900 2,887 2,929
Eastern 1,961 2,050 2,110 2,206 2,259 2,329
London 3,633 3,680 3,807 3,821 3,875 3,967
South East 3,538 3,627 3,683 3,840 3,915 4,033
South and West 2,063 2,135 2,253 2,333 2,404 2,460
Strategic Health Authority
Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire 943 983 1,043 1,084 1,096 1,115 1,114
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire 634 648 684 729 748 801 803
Birmingham and The Black Country 891 909 918 910 924 965 964
Cheshire and Merseyside 1,010 1,045 1,070 1,089 1,093 1,107 1,161
County Durham and Tees Valley 383 413 425 422 422 436 455
Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire 549 564 584 597 622 636 664
Cumbria and Lancashire 738 742 776 773 760 797 787
Dorset and Somerset 466 475 494 500 520 519 540
Essex 557 577 579 599 621 627 625
Greater Manchester 1,122 1,115 1,127 1,162 1,155 1,149 1,161
Hampshire and Isle of Wight 681 685 704 735 762 793 800
Kent and Medway 641 664 654 679 668 663 686
Leicestershire, Northants and Rutland 491 504 517 523 519 524 541
Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire 770 825 847 878 890 901 941
North and East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire 573 584 592 611 632 664 671
North Central London 696 730 750 767 755 768 765
North East London 575 568 579 605 632 673 626
North West London 935 947 1,012 992 1,000 998 978
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear 584 594 616 635 655 645 688
Shropshire and Staffordshire 455 465 480 491 512 533 551
South East London 810 788 798 768 809 811 800
South West London 617 647 668 689 679 716 707
South West Peninsula 654 677 716 749 788 826 834
South Yorkshire 519 537 522 547 558 553 578
Surrey and Sussex 1,191 1,208 1,222 1,250 1,297 1,350 1,387
Thames Valley 832 875 902 971 989 1,029 1,069
Trent 839 854 886 933 942 941 990
West Yorkshire 824 860 876 868 854 898 924

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