§ Mr. Patchett
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists within the Trent regional health authority provided dental treatment under the NHS in(a) 1989 and (b) 1990; and what is the number now.
§ Mr. Dorrell
The information is given in the table.
1. General Dental Service Staff Number September 1989 1,372 September 1990 1,395 June 1991 1,310
2. Hospital and Community Health Service Dental Staff1 Number Whole time equivalent September 1989 211 180.2 September 19902 211 177.2 1 Figures include permanent paid and honorary staff but exclude hospital practitioners and clinical assistants. 2 Latest available figure.