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 how many whole-time equivalent NHS dentists there were per head of population (a) in total and (b) offering NHS treatment in (i) England and (ii) each strategic health authority in each year since 1997.

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

The available information is for the number of national health service dentists (headcount) per 10,000 population and is shown in the table for September in each of the years 1997 to 2002.

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 is not yet available.

Information on a whole time equivalent basis is not available, as dentists working in the GDS are able to vary the amount of hours they work and to vary their NHS commitment. The majority of dentists working in the GDS do some NHS work.

National health service: number of dentists per 10,000 population in England by strategic health authority for September each year
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
England 4.22 4.32 4.41 4.47 4.54 4.60
Strategic health authority
Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire 4.64 4.90 5.05 5.08 5.15 5.13
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire 4.16 4.36 4.60 4.70 4.99 5.00
Birmingham and the Black Country 3.98 4.03 4.01 4.09 4.26 4.24
Cheshire and Merseyside 4.42 4.53 4.63 4.65 4.71 4.95
County Durham and Tees Valley 3.61 3.72 3.71 3.72 3.85 4.02
Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcester 3.75 3.87 3.94 4.10 4.17 4.31
Cumbria and Lancashire 3.90 4.08 4.07 4.00 4.18 4.12
Dorset and Somerset 4.07 4.22 4.25 4.39 4.35 4.50
Essex 3.65 3.65 3.75 3.86 3.88 3.85
Greater Manchester 4.40 4.45 4.61 4.58 4.57 4.62
Hampshire and Isle of Wight 3.92 4.01 4.16 4.30 4.45 4.47
Kent and Medway 4.29 4.21 4.34 4.24 4.19 4.32
Leicester, Northants And Rutland 3.31 3.38 3.40 3.36 3.36 3.44
Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire 3.87 3.94 4.07 4.09 4.13 4.29
North and East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire 3.64 3.69 3.80 3.92 4.10 4.13
North Central London 6.43 6.58 6.65 6.48 6.39 6.29
North East London 3.94 3.98 4.11 4.26 4.42 4.07
North West London 5.73 6.08 5.89 5.86 5.64 5.48
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear 4.21 4.39 4.55 4.72 4.66 4.98
Shropshire and Staffordshire 3.15 3.24 3.31 3.45 3.58 3.69
South East London 5.44 5.48 5.23 5.47 5.36 5.28
South West London 5.19 5.33 5.46 5.35 5.51 5.42
South West Peninsula 4.41 4.64 4.82 5.02 5.23 5.25
South Yorkshire 4.20 4.10 4.31 4.40 4.37 4.56
Surrey and Sussex 4.83 4.86 4.92 5.09 5.28 5.42
Thames Valley 4.26 4.37 4.67 4.74 4.90 5.09
Trent 3.34 3.45 3.63 3.65 3.59 3.75
West Yorkshire 4.16 4.23 4.20 4.13 4.31 4.42

Note

Population data are based on 2001 census mid-year estimates.

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