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The Department generally funds research to support policy and to provide the evidence needed to underpin quality improvement and service development in the national health service. Through its service delivery and organisation research and development programme, the Department is in the process of commissioning a three-year study about the effectiveness, acceptability and efficiency of birth centres. It is anticipated that the tender for this research will be advertised in September 2005.
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Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many inspections of care homes have been carried out in London in each year since 1997; how many were announced; how many were unannounced; and how many led to the deregistration of care homes. 
Mrs. Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many registered dentists were practising in the (a) County of Bedfordshire and (b) constituency of Mid-Bedfordshire in each year since 1997; 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Information relating to numbers of full-time dentists is not held centrally, as dentists can vary the amount of hours they work as well as their national health service commitment. The numbers of dentists in the county of Bedfordshire and the constituency of Mid-Bedfordshire, as at 31 March each year since 1997, are shown in the table.
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Ms Rosie Winterton: Over the years, 200304 and 200405, the Department allocated £1.6 million to the Dorset and Somerset strategic health authority (SHA) to improve access, choice and quality in national health service dentistry. In 200405, Bournemouth primary care trust (PCT), which serves the Bournemouth East area, received from this sum £108,000 for capital grants and £46,000 revenue for access.
The SHA advises that this money has been used to improve access and increase capacity, including the recruitment of additional 1.5 NHS dentists. This secured 3,000 additional NHS patient registrations between 1 April 2004 and 31 March 2005.
The PCT has plans to improve access further. Two Polish dentists recently started work at a Bournemouth dental practice in Southbourne. Both dentists were recruited through the Department's overseas recruitment programme and were placed with an existing local dental practice that was able to develop additional dental surgeries with partial grant aid from the FCT. These dentists are registering new patients now and will each accept 2,000 new NHS patients under the personal dental service (PDS) contract agreed with the owner of the dental practice.
The PCT has also been working to establish a new four surgery dental practice in Tuckton. Planning permission has been obtained and building work at the practice is at an advanced stage. The practice will treat patients from early September 2005 but will be able to book advanced appointments from early August 2005. The PDS contract agreed with the practice and approved by the Department will provide for 8,000 patients to register with an NHS dentist.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Peterborough constituency has been provided with £209,000 in access money. This will deliver an increase of 17,500 patient registrations. In addition, eight out of 26 dental practices have converted to the personal dental service.
There is a dental access centre based at 5 Midgate, Peterborough. Both the North Peterborough and Peterborough South primary care trusts are participating in the Department's international recruitment campaign. This has resulted in the recruitment of four Polish dentists, who are already working in the Peterborough constituency, with a further three Polish recruits due to start later this year.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The number of drug rehabilitation places for residents in the county of Bedfordshire is not held centrally. However, the number of people in contact with structured drug treatment services in Bedfordshire for the year 200304 is 903.
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