Dentistry

Charles Walker asks the Health Secretary how many dentists have personal service contracts.

Mr. Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists in Hertfordshire have personal dentist service contracts; and if she will make a statement. [7486]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The numbers of dental practices which have an open personal dental service (PDS) contract as at 31 May 2005 in Hertfordshire are shown in the table.

Welwyn Hatfield

North Hertfordshire and Stevenage

South East Hertfordshire

Royston, Buntingford and Bishop's Stortford

Watford and Three Rivers

Dacorum

St. Albans and Harpenden

Primary care trust

Total number of dental practice addresses

Number of dental practice addresses in PDS

Hertsmere

25

1

181

-

39

-

27

-

15

1

37

-

30

-

36

1

Note:

The total number of dental surgery addresses include all addresses with either open general or personal dental service contract at 31 March 2005."