Health written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Anne McIntosh Anne McIntosh Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists were available to NHS patients in North Yorkshire on 1 April 2005; and how many she expects to be available on the date on which the new dentist's contract is implemented.

Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health) (Care Services)

As at 31 March 2005, there were 629 national health service dentists with a general dental services (GDS) or personal dental services (PDS) contract within the North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire strategic health authority (SHA) area. Data as at 1 April 2005 is not readily available.

A dentist with a GDS or PDS contract may provide as little or as much NHS treatment as he or she chooses or has agreed with their primary care trust. Information concerning the amount of time dedicated to NHS work by individual GDS or PDS dentists is not centrally available.

The new dental contract will be introduced on 1 April 2006. Information on the number of NHS dentists signed up to the new contract is therefore not yet available.


Data includes all notifications of dentists joining or leaving the CDS or PDS, received by the Dental Practice Board, up to 5 July 2005. Figures for the numbers of dentists at specified dates may vary depending upon the notification period, for example, data with a later notification period will include more recent notifications of dentists joining or leaving the CDS or PDS.

Dentists consist of principals, assistants and trainees. Prison contracts have been excluded. The postcode of the dental practice was used to allocate dentists to specific geographic areas. SNA areas have been defined using the Office for National Statistics all fields postcode directory.

Data on the number of dentists working only in private practice is not held centrally.

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