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David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many eye tests funded by the public purse in (a) England and (b) each region in each of the last 10 years; and what percentage of those who had eye tests subsequently received (i) spectacles for the first time and (ii) replacement or repairs of spectacles funded by the public purse. 
Ann Keen: Information on the number of sights paid for by the national health service in England, is provided in table 1 of the General Ophthalmic Services: Activity Statistics for England and WalesYear ending 31 March 2007 report. Information is provided for the years ending 31 March, 1997 to 2007.
Information on the numbers of vouchers and the numbers of items for repair or replacement by SHA and by PCT for the year ending 31 March 2007 are available in tables B3, C3 and D3 of Annex D of the Report.
The Information Centre for health and social care will aim to publish information at a regional level for earlier years in the General Ophthalmic Services: Activity Statistics for England and WalesYear ending 31 March 2008 report. Once published a copy of the Report will be placed in the Library.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) GPs, (b) dentists, (c) optometrists and (d) pharmacies there were in (i) England and (ii) each English region in each of the last three years; and how many this equated to per 100,000 resident population in each category. 
Ann Keen: The number of general practitioners (GPs) in England, each strategic health authority in each of the last three years and how many this equated to per 100,000 resident population in each category, has been placed in the Library.
The number of national health service dentists and persons per dentist in England, as at 31 March, 1997 to 2006 are available in annex E and F of the NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report England: 31 March 2006 report. The information is provided by strategic health authority (SHA) and by primary care trust (PCT). This information is based on the old contractual arrangements which were in place up to and including 31 March 2006.
The number of dentists, and number of dentists by population, on open NHS contracts, in England, as at 30 June 2006, 30 September 2006, 31 December 2006, and 31 March 2007 are available in table E1 of annex 3 of the NHS Dental Statistics for England: 2006-07 report. This information is provided by PCT and by SHA.
Information on the number of ophthalmic practitioners (OPs) in England is provided in table 1 of the General Ophthalmic Services: Workforce Statistics for England and Wales, 31 December 2006 report. The information is provided as at 31 December, 1996 to 2006. The information is provided by type of practitioner. This report was published on 31 July 2007 and is available in the Library and is also available at:
Information on the number of OPs in England as at 31 December 2005 is provided in table 10, annex A of the General Ophthalmic Services: Statistical Bulletin
Ophthalmic Statistics for England, 1996-97 to 2005-06 report. This information is provided by PCT.
Information on the number of OPs in England as at 31 December 2004 is provided in table 9 of the General Ophthalmic Services: Consultation tables for England, Wales and Scotland, 2004-05 report. This information is provided by PCT. This table also includes information on the number of OPs per 10,000 of the population.
|Community pharmacies in contract with PCTs at 31 March and population by SHA , England, 2004-05|
|SHA by region||Number of community pharmacies( 1)||Population June 2003( 2) (Thousand)||Pharmacies per million population|
|(1) Number of pharmacies at 31 March 2005.|
(2) Population figures for 2003 based on estimates from 2001 data.
(3) The total number of pharmacies in England at 31 March 2005 was revised to 9,736 in the 2006 publication, revised SHA figures were not published.
General Pharmaceutical Services in England and Wales 1995-96 to 2004-05.
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