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Contraception

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to facilitate access to condoms free-of-charge (a) in NHS institutions and (b) through community-based distribution schemes. [26011]

Caroline Flint: Primary care trusts (PCTs) are responsible for local sexual health and HIV health promotion including the provision of free condoms. The NHS Logistics Authority purchases condoms centrally for distribution by the national health service, although PCTs also purchase them direct from condom suppliers.

To support PCTs the Department has produced best practice guidance on sexual health promotion which highlights the need to make condoms accessible to those who need them. The need to ensure people have access to free provision of all methods of contraception, including condoms, is also highlighted in Recommended Standards for Sexual Health Services", produced by the Department with the Medical Foundation for AIDS and Sexual Health.

Correspondence

Clare Short: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will reply to the letter of 28 October 2005 from the right hon. member for Birmingham, Ladywood on behalf of Dr. Felix Burden. [38120]

Jane Kennedy: A reply was sent on Thursday 15 December.

Critical Care Beds

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make it her policy that plans by NHS trusts to close critical care beds should be subject to public consultation. [32810]

Mr. Byrne: It is for national health service trusts to assess and manage the number of critical care beds depending on local needs. NHS trusts have various statutory duties of consultation where changes to service provision are being considered and it is a matter for them to determine when these duties arise.

Dentistry

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists per head of population were practising in (a) West Lancashire and (b) England in each year since 1997. [27861]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The information requested is shown in the table.
General dental services (GDS) and personal dental services (PDS), number of dentists and dentists per population in England and the specified areas as at 30 September each year

EnglandWest Lancashire PCT
Number of dentists
199716,67041
199817,19946
199917,75544
200018,16745
200118,72249
200218,94647
200319,26052
200419,72255
200520,89058
Dentists per head of population
19972,9192,646
19982,8392,358
19992,7622,465
20002,7102,411
20012,6412,214
20022,6202,313
20032,5892,096
20042,5401,982
20052,3981,879




Notes:
1.The dentists include principals, assistants and trainees. Prison contracts are excluded from the data.
2.The postcode of the Dental Practice was used to allocate dentists to specific geographic areas. Primary care trust areas have been defined using the Office of National Statistics All Fields Postcode Directory.
3.England 2005 data per population has been calculated using 2004 population data, as this is the most up-to-date available.
4.PCT data per population for 1997 to 2000 has been calculated using 2001 population figures as this is the earliest date at which population data at this area is available.
5.PCT data per population for 2004 and 2005 have been calculated using 2003 population data, as this is the most up-to-date available at this area.
6.Data includes all notifications, received by the Dental Practice Board, up to 2 November 2005 for England and 19 October 2005 for the PCT. Figures for the numbers of dentists at specified dates may vary depending upon the notification period, e.g. data with a later notification period will include more recent notifications of dentists joining or leaving the GDS or PDS.
Source:
Dental Practice Board.




 
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Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are used to assess the need for dental services in primary care trust areas. [28353]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Each primary care trust (PCT) has access to the services of a consultant in dental public health, who provides advice on local oral health and the geographical areas that should be a priority for action. The British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry surveys provide information on the numbers of decayed missing and filled teeth by PCT area.

A PCT's ability to respond to local oral health needs will be substantially strengthened by the introduction of local commissioning of primary care dental services from April 2006. PCTs will hold a local budget for dental services. When a dentist leaves the area or reduces his or her national health service commitment, the resources return to the PCT. It is at their discretion to redeploy these resources locally and to agree where new practices are established. This gives the PCT the ability to reflect the oral health needs of their local population in the distribution of NHS primary care dental services.

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists have left the NHS in each year since 1997–98 (a) in terms of headcount and (b) as a percentage of the total number of dentists in the NHS (i)in total and (ii) broken down by Strategic Health Authority area. [28690]
 
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Ms Rosie Winterton: Details of dentists leaving the national health service, expressed as both a headcount and percentage figure for England (total) and broken down by strategic health authority is shown in the table. A dentist is assumed to have left the NHS if they had an open general dental services (GDS) or personal dental services (PDS) contract in September of the previous
 
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year but no GDS or PDS contract in September of the specified year.

The reasons for dentists leaving the NHS are not recorded by Dental Practice Board. The figures presented will include dentists who have retired from practice and those who have moved to private practice.
General Dental Services (GDS) and Personal Dental Services (PDS)Numbers of complete leavers, and as a percentage of total dentists, in England by strategic health authority area as at 30 September each year

1998
1999
2000
2001
Complete leavers% of total dentistsComplete leavers% of total dentistsComplete leavers% of total dentistsComplete leavers% of total dentists
England97261,03761,20671,2076
Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire506495687677
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire345365416365
Birmingham and the Black Country314335466385
Cheshire & Merseyside485485414556
County Durham and Tees Valley185174277205
Cumbria and Lancashire264345568264
Dorset and Somerset184245255347
Essex377356508539
Greater Manchester445515526445
Hampshire and Isle of Wight305376426517
Kent and Medway65115694275910
Leicestershire, Northamptonshire
and Rutland
204214357337
Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire456375577426
North and East Yorkshire and
Northern Lincolnshire
255265193234
North Central London538477497527
North East London356295386427
North West London545706888767
Northumberland, Tyne & Wear316306326357
Shropshire and Staffordshire164204153204
South East London396569436579
South West London477416538578
South West Peninsula325396457548
South Yorkshire215164153255
Surrey and Sussex565676817756
Thames Valley364415506505
Trent456405546597
West Midlands South224295316346
West Yorkshire274446395213

2002
2003
2004
2005
Complete leavers% of total dentistsComplete leavers% of total dentistsComplete leavers% of total dentistsComplete leavers% of total dentists
England1,35271,23661,22461,0975
Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire819758505545
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire648557395314
Birmingham and the Black Country304344334313
Cheshire & Merseyside627404535454
County Durham and Tees Valley195144133287
Cumbria and Lancashire406446203273
Dorset and Somerset367306408407
Essex417499407284
Greater Manchester556455535384
Hampshire and Isle of Wight497497578435
Kent and Medway5085084376810
Leicestershire, Northamptonshire
and Rutland
245153183305
Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire556747659759
North and East Yorkshire and
Northern Lincolnshire
325295346335
North Central London588568578365
North East London519396376355
North West London11111596646585
Northumberland, Tyne & Wear306367428315
Shropshire and Staffordshire265224326264
South East London609355548456
South West London6610538609344
South West Peninsula609527659476
South Yorkshire204347276184
Surrey and Sussex8561088937866
Thames Valley556657626484
Trent505627424485
West Midlands South366305264314
West Yorkshire527415476314




Notes:
1.Complete leaver means the dentist had an open GDS or PDS contract in September of the previous year but no GDS or PDS contract in September of the specified year.
2.Percentages are calculated on the number of dentists with an open GDS or PDS contract as at 30 September in the specified year.
3.The dentist numbers include principals, assistants and trainees. Prison contracts are excluded.
4.A dentist may have a contract in more than one Strategic Health Authority area. Therefore, data at Strategic Health Authority area may include duplications of dentists leaving.
England data excludes duplication.
5.The postcode of the Dental Practice was used to allocate dentists to specific geographic areas. Strategic health authority areas have been defined using the Office of National Statistics All Fields Postcode Directory.
6.The numbers of leavers include all notifications, received by the Dental Practice Board, up to 8 November 2005.
Source:
Dental Practice Board





 
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Sir Paul Beresford: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 9 November 2005, Official Report, column 17WS, on national health service dentistry, how much Methods Consulting will receive for recruiting 216 dentists from Poland; whether the amount paid has been reduced as a result of the failure to achieve the target of 230; and how many have been offered places in (a) general dental service practices, (b) the salaried primary care dental service and (c) the hospital dental service. [31964]

Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 28 November 2005]: Methods Consulting has exceeded their target for the recruitment of dentists. In total they have recruited 237 dentists from Poland. Of these, 216 started employment before 1 November; 15 dentists started work during November 2005; and a further six dentists will be taking up posts shortly. Therefore, there are no grounds to reduce the value of the £3.8 million contract agreed with Methods Consulting for recruitment of dentists from Poland.

We do not collect routine information about the type of national health service dental services in which international recruits are working. However, the vast majority of these are working, either in personal dental service (PDS) or general dental service practices. A small number are salaried PDS dentists.

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what action she is taking to improve dental services in Ribble Valley; [33041]

(2) how many NHS dentists are operating in Ribble Valley and Fulwood. [33042]

Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 29 November 2005]: As at 30 September 2005, there were 65 dentists with a general dental services (GDS) or personal dental services (PDS) contract with Hyndburn and Ribble Valley primary care trust, compared with 54 in 2004, an increase of 11. The number of dental practices is 2003 was 23, of which 12 have opened PDS contracts.

£205.5 million funding was allocated to Hyndburn and Ribble Valley primary care trust (PCT). As additional £130,000 was allocated to the PCT to improve access to national health service dentistry.

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the length is of the waiting list for an NHS dentist in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley; and if she will make a statement. [37799]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The information requested is not collected centrally.
 
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Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent dentists were practising in England in the NHS (a) in each year since 1997 and (b) the most recent period for which figures are available. [38908]

Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 20 December 2005): Information about full-time equivalent dentists is not available because a dentist with a general dental services (GDS) or personal dental services (PDS) contract may provide as little or as much national health service treatment as he or she chooses.

The numbers of dentists in England with a GDS or PDS contract as at 30 September 2005 are shown in the table.
Total GDS and PDS dentists
199716,670
199817,199
199917,755
200018,167
200118,722
200218,946
200319,260
200419,722
200520,890




Note:
Data include all notifications of dentists joining or leaving the GDS or PDS, received by the Dental Practice Board, up to 2 November 2005.
Source:
Dental Practice Board



Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the age profile of dentists working under NHS contracts; and what assessment she has made of the implications of that age profile for the supply of NHS dental services. [38910]

Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 20 December 2005]: The percentage of general dental services (GDS) dentists by age band and personal dental services (PDS) contracts by age band of dentist, in England, as at 30 June 2005 is shown in the table.


Age band

Percentage of GDS dentists in age band
Percentage of PDS contracts in dentist age band
All ages100100
under 301420
30–341417
35–391515
40–441614
45–491513
50–541110
55–5997
60 and over64




Source:
Dental Practice Board





 
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The age profile and patterns of retirement were one of the factors that contributed to the analysis of future patterns of supply of dentists in the primary care dental workforce review.

Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are registered on the central waiting list held by the Herefordshire primary care trust for assigning NHS dentists in Hereford; and how long each has been waiting since submitting their registration. [38914]

Ms Rosie Winterton: This information is not held centrally.

Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists in Beverley and Holderness are involved in private practice. [37437]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The information requested is not collected centrally.


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