HC Deb 20 December 1989 vol 164 cc333-4W
Mr. Vaz

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many(a) complete and (b) partial sets of dentures were supplied by the National Health Service (i) in 1988 and (ii) in 1989; how many (i) fillings, (ii) teeth capped and (iii) extractions were completed in (x) 1988 and (y) 1989; and if he will make a statement concerning the future of dentistry in the National Health Service.

Mr. Freeman

The National Health Service has made a considerable contribution to the marked improvement over recent years in the dental health of both adults and children. The Government are confident that this contribution will continue, strengthened by the proposals for a new contract for general dental practitioners.

The detailed information requested on treatment is set out in the table for the general dental service and for the community dental service. No comparable figures are available for dental treatment provided within the hospital service.

Numbers of treatments (England) by financial year:
Type of treatment 1987–88 000's 1988–89 000's
General dental service
Synthetic resin dentures
full 1,083 1,109
partial 664 691

Type of treatment 1987–88 000's 1988–89 000's
Metal dentures full and partial 199 207
Fillings 23,957 22,728
Teeth capped 2,318 2,436
Teeth extracted 4,237 4,392
Community dental service
Dentures—total supplied (no breakdown by type available) 13 13
Fillings 1,110 939
Teeth capped 9 9
Teeth extracted 434 398