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Ms Rosie Winterton: The new national health service's dental contract has been designed to support new ways of working that will support continued improvements in access to services. Primary care trusts (PCTs) are responsible for commissioning and developing services in their area to reflect the needs of the local population. The Department has established an implementation group comprising professional, patient and NHS representatives to review the impact of the reforms and check that they are achieving their intended benefits.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The numbers of dentists with a general dental services contract or personal dental services agreement per 1,000 of population as at 31 December 2005 for England, Greater Manchester Strategic Health Authority (SHA) and Bolton Primary Care Trust (PCT) are shown in the table. Population data at constituency level are not available.
| Notes: 1. Official 2005 population data are not yet available. The figures in the table have therefore been estimated using Office for National Statistics 2004 mid-year population estimates based on the 2001 census as these are the latest available. 2. Dentists with CDS or PDS contracts provide varying amounts of NHS treatment. Information concerning the amount of time dedicated to NHS work by individual dentists are not centrally available. 3. Dentists consist of principals, assistants and trainees. Prison contracts have been excluded. 4. The postcode of the dental practice was used to allocate dentists to specific geographic areas. PCT and SHA areas have been defined using the Office for National Statistics All Fields Postcode Directory. Source: NHS Business Services Authority and Office for National Statistics.|
Ms Rosie Winterton: Information on the number of dentists who have signed the new contract is not available centrally. We do, however, have some provisional information that covers contracts. A contract may be for more than one dentist, so cannot be broken down further to individual dentist level.
|Contracts signed||Contracts still in discussion||Contracts rejected||Contracts signed|
|Primary care trust||No.||Approx units of dental activity (UDA) value||No.||Approx UDA value||No.||Approx UDA value||%||No. signed without dispute||No. signed in dispute||%|
| Note: The information provided is not validated. It represents a snapshot of the position in early April.|
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people in (a) England, (b) each English region, (c) the Tees Valley and (d) Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland aged (i) 0 to 15 years, (ii) 16 to 24 years, (iii) 25 to 39 years and (iv) 40 years and above are diagnosed with diabetes; 
(2) what the percentage change was in the diagnosis of diabetes cases among people aged (a) 0 to 15 years, (b) 16 to 24 years, (c) 25 to 39 years and (d) 40 years and above in (i) England, (ii) each English region, (iii) the Tees Valley and (iv) Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland in each year since 1997. 
Ms Rosie Winterton:
The information is not collected in the format requested. The Health Survey for England provides estimates of doctor-diagnosed diabetes for adults in England. Data are not available for children. However, estimates are available for the prevalence of doctor-diagnosed diabetes among men and women aged 16 and over in England in each of the
years 1994, 1998, and 2003 for the following age groups: 16 to 24, 25 to 34, 35 to 44, 45 to 54, 55 to 64, 65 to 74 and 75+. These data are shown in Table one.
Table two gives a regional breakdown by Government office region (GOR) and by gender.
|Table 1. Prevalence of doctor-diagnosed diabetes( 1) among adults( 2) , by age group and sex, England 1994,1998 and 2003: England|
|(1) Includes type 1 and type 2 diabetes. (2) Adults aged 16 and over.|
(3) Data from 2003 onwards have been weighted for non-response. Unweighted data for 2003 onwards are provided for consistency with previous years which are also unweighted. Source: Health Survey for England in 2004updating of trend tables to include 2004 data. The Information Centre.
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