Health Statistics (Shrewsbury and Atcham)

Health written question – answered on 4th April 2005.

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Photo of Mr Paul Marsden Mr Paul Marsden Shadow Minister, Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of adults were registered with a NHS dentist in Shrewsbury and Atcham in each year since 1997.

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

The Department does not have population figures pre-2001 for Shropshire County Primary Care Trust (PCT).

The table shows the percentage of adults who were registered with a national health service dentist in the Shropshire county PCT area in each year since 1997.

Adult registrations Adult population Percentage registered
1997 100,786 218,150 46.20
1998 82,470 219,500 37.57
1999 77,586 220,500 35.19
2000 75,689 221,600 34.16
2001 74,104 222,264 33.34
2002 75,403 224,259 33.62
2003 71,094 225,611 31.51
2004 71,785 226,100 31.75

The drop in registrations between September 1997 and September 1998 is mostly attributable to the reduction in the re-registration period from two years to 15 months. The figures exclude patients treated in dental access centres (DACs) who are not registered. In 2004, there were some 375,000 episodes of treatment in the 48 DACs then in operation in England.

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