HC Deb 20 April 2004 vol 420 c419W
Mr. Evans

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists have been recruited to the NHS in each year since 1997 in the Cumbria and Lancashire Health Authority. [165542]

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
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.
Dental Practice Board statistics.

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