§ Ms Blears
The information available is for the number of adult courses of treatment carried out by the general dental service in Gloucestershire Family Health Service Authority and Gloucestershire Health Authority for the years ending March 1992 to 2002. This data is shown in the table.
General Dental Service: Number of adult courses of treatment, year ending March 1992–2002—Gloucestershire Family Health Service Authority/Health Authority Thousands Year ending March Number of claims 1992 358 1993 350 1994 261 1995 244 1996 234 1997 222 1998 215 1999 219 2000 219 2001 210 2002 203
A course of treatment may involve one or more visits to the dentist. A patient may have several courses in a single year. This information is not available for previous years. Figures for children are not given because courses pf treatment for children exclude courses where a payment claim is not required.
National Health Service dental services are also provided by the community dental service and the personal dental services.