HC Deb 05 May 1994 vol 242 c625W
Mr. Patchett

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists in practice in South Yorkshire take(a) NHS patients and (b) private patients only, but took NHS patients until 1990.

Dr. Mawhinney

At September 1993 the number of dentists providing national health service general dental services in South Yorkshire, which includes the family health services authorities of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield, was 481. The comparable number at 30 September 1990 was 444. Dentists are independent contractors who make their own decisions whether to accept patients under national health service arrangements.

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