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Lord Finsberg asked Her Majesty's Government:

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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege): The information is in the table.

Table 1: General Dental Service: number of dentists(1), (1) for the four Thames Regional Health Authorities(1) as at 30 September

Regional Health Authority 1990 Number of dentists 1991 Number of dentists 1992 Number of dentists 1993 Number of dentists 1994 Number of dentists
North West Thames RHA 1,512 1,436 1,400 1,457 1,461
North East Thames RHA 1,226 1,222 1,202 1,228 1,229
South East Thames RHA 1,341 1,334 1,309 1,370 1,355
South West Thames RHA 1,240 1,242 1,237 1,258 1,258

Source: Dental Practice Board

(1) Includes principals, assistants and vocational trainees. Hospital Dental Service, Community Dental Service and salaried dentists are excluded.

(1) Some dentists have contracts with more than one Family Health Service Authority. These dentists have been counted only once, in the region which includes the Family Health Service Authority in which they hold their main contract.

(1) From 1.4 1994 the boundaries of North West and North East Thames changed to include one fewer FHSA (Bedfordshire). In order to be consistent the original definition has been used throughout the table

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