HC Deb 08 March 2004 vol 418 cc1328-30W
Mr. Swire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many dentists providing treatment on the NHS were registered in East Devon in each of the past seven years; [155304]

(2) how many dental practices providing dental care in the NHS there were in East Devon in each of the past seven years. [155305]

Ms Rosie Winterton

The tables show the number of National health service dentists on a head count basis and the number of practice addresses in North and East Devon Health Authority at September each year from 1997 to 2002. Following the health service re-organisation, figures for East Devon Primary Care Trust area, at September 2003, are given.

This information covers dentists working in the general dental services (GDS), personal dental services (PDS) and salaried service of the GDS. Excluded are the community and hospital dental services.

Dentists working in more than one dental service are included in each service, apart from dentists working in both PDS and GDS who are counted only once.

National health service: Number of dentists at September each


Health Authority North

and East Devon

Primary Care Trust

East Devon

1997 177
1998 185
1999 195
2000 199
2001 209
2002 206
2003 38

National health service: Number of dental practices at August

each year

Health Authority North and East Devon Primary Care Trust East Devon
1997 82
1998 83
1999 86
2000 90
2001 90
2002 92
2003 17

Mr. Wiggin

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase the availability of NHS dentistry. [155373]

Ms Rosie Winterton

We have provided new investment totalling £90 million to national health service dentistry over the last year. £59 million will support access, and strategic health authorities have been advised of their shares and are working with their primary care trusts (PCTs) to address access issues. £30 million is to support information technology and the balance of £1 million will support organisational development locally.

A NHS support team is currently working with 16 PCTs where it is hardest to find a NHS dentist to develop plans to overcome the problems. The team is backed by £9 million support funds to enable these hard-pressed areas to increase access. These measures build on steps we have already taken to improve access to NHS dentistry, including the establishment of dental access centres.

The Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act gives new duties for PCTs to secure the provision of primary dental services. From April 2005, PCTs will directly manage provision, commissioning dental services from local practices. With these new responsibilities will go the financial resources currently held centrally, which by 2005–06 are expected to total nearly £1.5 billion.

Mrs. Humble

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists there are in the Blackpool North and Fleetwood constituency. [157911]

Miss Melanie Johnson

Information is not collected on a constituency basis but at primary care trust (PCT) level. Data for Blackpool PCT and Wyre PCT, as at 31 December 2003, is shown in the table.

Primary care trust General dental

service (GDS)

Personal dental

service (PDS)

Blackpool 46 1
Wyre 40
1. PDS figure covers dentists not already working in the GDS.
2. Dentists are free to work in more than one PCT. Therefore,

dentists who do some work in this area but more in another PCT

have not been included.

3. Dentists in the GDS include principals, assistants and

vocational dental practitioners. These figures are on a headcount

basis rather than whole-time equivalent (wte) basis and therefore

take no account of part-time working. In the CDS, the amount of

time spent working in the national health service varies greatly,

with a large proportion of dentists doing some private work.

Dentists working solely in private dentistry are not covered by

these figures.

4. These figures exclude dentists working in the community dental

service, hospital dental service and salaried service of the GDS.

Dental Practice Board

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