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 gender breakdown of NHS dentists was in each year since 1997; and what the gender breakdown is of dentists in training.

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

The information in Table 1 shows the number of female and male national health service dentists on a head count basis for England at September each year from 1997 to 2003.

NHS dentists cover dentists working in the general dental service (GDS), hospital dental service (HDS), community dental service (CDS) and personal dental service (PDS). 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. Excluded are the small number of salaried dentists in the GDS.

Information on CDS and HDS for September 2003 is not currently available.

Information on the gender breakdown of vocational trainees in the GDS is shown in Table 2.

Table 1: National health service—Number of dentists by gender at 30September each year, England
General dental service Personal dental service Community dental service Hospital dental service Total
Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male
1997 4,640 12,088 881 498 683 1,505 6,204 14,091
1998 4,940 12,307 888 497 704 1,521 6,532 14,325
1999 5,224 12,497 44 39 876 492 709 1,539 6,853 14,567
2000 5,444 12,605 103 89 866 477 711 1,476 7,124 14,647
2001 5,670 12,684 273 194 877 471 730 1,454 7,550 14,803
2002 5,758 12,642 376 280 922 509 759 1,464 7,815 14,895
2003 5,930 12,607 467 335

Note:

PDS numbers exclude dentists who also work in the GDS. Female and male numbers for 1999 are estimated. PDS started in October 1998.

Source:

Dental Practice Board and Department of Health medical and dental workforce census.

Table 2: General dental service—Number of vocational dental practitioners by gender at 30September each year, England
Gender 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
All dentists 532 563 584 612 658 589 576
Female 268 282 279 320 342 303 281
Male 264 281 305 292 316 286 295

Source:

Dental Practice Board.

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