Health written question – answered on 17th November 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 NHS dentists have gone private in (a) England, (b) each strategic health authority and (c) each primary care trust in each year since 1997; and if he will estimate their average length of service in the NHS before going private.

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

The Department only collects information on national health service dentistry. In their report "The Private Dentistry Market in the UK" published in March 2003, the Office of Fair Trading estimated that, out of a total of some 11,000 dental practices, around 210 were wholly private.

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