Health written question – answered on 9th May 2006.

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Photo of David Evennett David Evennett Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists were practising within the Bexley Primary Care Trust area in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) 2005.

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

The information requested is shown in the table.

General dental services (CDS) and personal dental services (PDS): Number of national health service dentists in Bexley Primary Care Trust (PCT) as at 31 December in the specified years
1997 88
2001 90
2005 99

1. Data include all notifications of dentists joining or leaving the GDS or PDS, received by the NHS Business Services Authority, up to 23 March 2006. 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 GDS or PDS.

2. Dentists consist of principals, assistants and trainees. Prison contracts have been excluded from the data.

3. The postcode of the dental practice was used to allocate dentists to specific geographic areas. PCT areas have been defined using the Office for National Statistics all fields postcode directory.

4. 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 the PCT. Information concerning the amount of time dedicated to NHS work by individual dentists is not centrally available.

5. Data on dentists who work only in private practice are not held centrally.


NHS Business Services Authority

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