HC Deb 28 March 2001 vol 365 cc665-6W
Mr. Steen

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists were employed by the National Health Service in each of the last three years in(a) the United Kingdom and (b) Devon. [153737]

Mr. Hutton

[holding answer 14 March 2001]: The number of dentists employed by the National Health Service at 30 September in each of the years 1998 to 2000 is given in table 1 for each of the dental services for England and Devon. Issues relating to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are matters for the devolved authorities.

Table 1: Number of dentists (head count) at 30 September each year
1998 1999 2000
Hospital Dental Service1 2,220 2,250 2,190
Community Dental Service1 1,380 1,370 1,340
Personal Dental Service2 0 148 326
Salaried Service 186 137 131
Total1.3 3,800 3,900 3,990
Hospital Dental Service1.4 40 30 40
Community Dental Service1 20 30 20
Personal Dental Service2 0 0 0
Salaried Service 18 18 17
Total1.3.4 80 80 80
1Figures rounded to the nearest ten
2Includes some self-employed dentists and their dentist employees
3Some dentists work in several services and are counted in each service
4Clinical assistants are excluded from the Devon figures. They are employed on a sessional basis and generally work less than one day a week

Dentists providing dental services in the General Dental Services are not employees of the NHS. The number of principal dentists who were on health authority lists to provide dental services and their assistants and vocational dental practitioners are shown in table 2.

Table 2: Number of General Dental Service dentists (head count) at 30 September each year
1998 1999 2000
England 17.247 17,721 18,049
Devon 397 424 445