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Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1)what assessment she has made of the correlation between dental health in five-year-olds and their social-economic grouping, broken down by county in each year since 1997; 
Ms Rosie Winterton: National dental health surveys are carried out every 10 years; the latest survey is for the year 2003. Results and comparisons with the results of the 1993 survey are available on the Office for National Statistics (ONS) website at www.statistics.gov.uk/children/dentalhealth/. Results are not available for areas as small as counties because of the small sample size, but regional results for five-year-old children are given in tables 1.5 and 1.6 for the proportion of children with obvious decay experience and for the mean number of teeth with obvious decay experience.
A separate report on this survey has been prepared on social factors and oral health in children, which analyses the United Kingdom figures. This is also available on the ONS website. The report includes analyses of tooth decay by an assessment of deprivation of the school together with analyses by socio-economic status of the household.
The findings of these surveys confirm that there is a strong correlation between dental disease and social and economic deprivation, which we are addressing in connection with implementation of the Government's commitment to reduce health inequalities. The fluoridation of water offers the best prospect for reducing inequalities in oral health. Changes made in the Water Act 2003 to the legislative framework governing fluoridation have made it a realistic option for strategic health authorities to consider for improving the oral health of their populations.
Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of dental practices in Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Trust were able to offer an emergency dental appointment within 24 hours in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Ms Rosie Winterton:
Hertfordshire Partnership National Health Service Trust is a mental health trust and therefore does not offer any dental services. The Department collects data about dental practices based on primary care trust areas and does not identify individual dental practices.
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Sir Paul Beresford: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria her Department has advised primary care trusts to apply for the approval of growth funding to Personal Dental Service applicants. 
Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 13 June 2005]: The Department has provided primary care trusts (PCTs) with guidance on the criteria they need to apply in considering proposals for pilot personal dental services (PDS). Guidance has been set out in a step-by-step guide to PDS and augmented with training sessions provided by the Department's national PDS team.
Each proposal for PDS should be considered in the context of the PCTs assessment of the oral health needs of their population and the level and range of dental services necessary to serve those needs satisfactorily. The assessment of needs and the actions necessary to serve them would usually be set out in the form of a local action plan, agreed with the relevant strategic health authority.
The prime aim of each proposal should be to at least preserve the current level of commitment to the NHS and wherever possible secure additional national health service provision in line with the requirements, which have been identified locally.
Sir Paul Beresford: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she plans to conduct a new dental clinical academic staff vacancies survey; how much of the funding for dental schools has been allocated for the creation of more clinical academic posts; and what joint action her Department and the Department for Education and Skills are planning concerning recruitment and retention of dental academic staff. 
Ms Rosie Winterton
[holding answer 13 June 2005]: On 6 June the Council of the Heads of Medical Schools and the Council of Heads and Deans of Dental Schools published a joint survey, which shows that there remain vacancies in clinical academic posts. We are embarking upon the biggest programme of investment in dental education since the inception of the national health service. Additional recurring funding rising to £29 million by 201011 has been allocated to provide for
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170 additional undergraduate training places from October 2005. The expansion will be supported by new capital investment of £20 million in each of the four years 200506 to 200809. It will be for the dental schools to decide how to use these funds, but there is no doubt that this additional investment in the dental schools will improve the working environment and career prospects of dental academics.
The joint Department of Health/Department of Education and Skills Strategic Learning and Research Advisory (StLaR) Group for Health and Social Care has overseen production of a human resources plan project for the educator and researcher workforce across all professions in health and social care. A project board has been established which includes representatives of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the university and service sector. The board's remit includes the identification and implementation of measures to improve all aspects of academic careers for medically and dentally-qualified researchers and educationalists.
Sir Paul Beresford: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Polish dentists who have been recruited by (a) primary care trusts and (b) Methods Consulting, have subsequently returned home. 
Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 13 June 2005]: Based on returns received from strategic health authorities at the end of April, primary care trusts have locally recruited nine dentists from Poland. The Department do not hold figures of the numbers of those dentists who have subsequently returned to Poland.
|As at end March 2005|
|Contract health body code||Contract health body name||1997||1998||1999||2000||2001|
|5C2||Barking and Dagenham||49||54||54||58||57|
|5C3||City and Hackney||88||92||95||84||86|
|5H1||Hammersmith and Fulham||116||139||146||157||141|
|5LA||Kensington and Chelsea||71||82||88||87||87|
|5M6||Richmond and Twickenham||98||99||105||106||104|
|5M7||Sutton and Merton||174||169||178||187||191|
|TAK||Bexley Care Trust||91||87||89||91||89|
|Contract health body code||Contract health body name||2002||2003||2004||2005|
|5C2||Barking and Dagenham||57||54||56||59|
|5C3||City and Hackney||81||80||87||85|
|5H1||Hammersmith and Fulham||156||140||146||148|
|5LA||Kensington and Chelsea||83||78||78||79|
|5M6||Richmond and Twickenham||109||110||111||114|
|5M7||Sutton and Merton||198||197||191||183|
|TAK||Bexley Care Trust||86||86||90||93|
|Number of GDS dentists||GDS gross fees (£)||Ave fee per dentist (£)|
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of (a) children and (b) adults living in the Portsmouth area are registered with an NHS dentist; and what the figures were in each of the previous four years. 
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent NHS dentists have been employed in Hornsey and Wood Green constituency in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Information on full-time equivalent national health service dentists is not available as dentists are able to vary the amount of hours they work and their NHS commitment. Many dentists do some private work.
|As at 31 December each year||Number|
This data come from the Dental Practice Board and relate to the number of dentists working in the general dental service and personal dental service and relate to dentists whose practice address postcode is within the constituency boundary.
|Complete leavers||Complete new entrants|
|Primary care trust||2003||2004||2005|
|Craven, Harrogate and Rural District||101||104||106|
|Hambleton and Richmondshire||50||55||57|
|Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale||67||69||87|
|Selby and York||127||134||143|
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