§ Miss Melanie Johnson
Information on the number of dentists joining the general dental service (GDS) or personal dental service (PDS) in the Cumbria and Lancashire Strategic Health Authority area in each year since 1997 is shown in the table.
Number of entrants to the GDS and PDS Year Cumbria and Lancashire SHA 1998 from 1997 58 1999 from 1998 72 2000 from 1999 67 2001 from 2000 79 2002 from 2001 60 2003 from 2002 75 Notes: 1. Dentists include principals, their assistants and trainees. Entrants will include some dentists who left dentistry temporarily in previous years. 2. These figures do not cover other National Health Service dental services, for example, community dental service and hospital dental service. Source: Dental Practice Board statistics.