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1. Complete leaver means the dentist had an open GDS or PDS contract in March of the previous year but no GDS or PDS contract in March of the specified year.
2. Percentages are calculated on the number of dentists with an open GDS or PDS contract as at 31 March 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 SHA area. Therefore, data at SHA area may include duplications of dentists leaving. England data exclude duplication.
5. The postcode of the dental practice was used to allocate dentists to specific geographic areas. SHA areas have been defined using the Office for National Statistics all fields postcode directory.
6. The numbers of leavers include all notifications, received by the dental practice board, up to 11 May 2006.
7. SHA boundaries as at 31 March 2006.
Source s :
The Information Centre for health and social care.
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health in which strategic health authorities distance targets for access to NHS dentistry have been implemented by primary care trusts for (a) routine and (b) emergency treatment; and what distance target has been set by each. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: This information is not available centrally. Primary care trusts are responsible for commissioning services to reflect local needs and for deciding what indicators or standards to use to monitor access to services.
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