Young dentists are calling for support for their demand for government to guarantee all graduates from UK dental schools a Dental Foundation Training (DFT) place

Based on a recent article in the British Dental Journal, figures published last month by the UK Committee of Postgraduate Dental Deans and Directors (COPDEND) confirmed that 1,139 applicants will be competing for an estimated 952 funded training places in NHS practices. One thousand and twenty-six of the applicants are current students at, or recent graduates from, UK dental schools.

The BDA and the Young Dentists Committee have pointed out that it is a waste of tax payers' money to have trained these young people at an estimated cost of £150,000 each, let alone the personal debts amassed during the five undergraduate years.

The UK is currently producing many more dental graduates than ever before, the General Dental Council website reporting that there were just under 40,000 registered in October 2012. This may be a result of the opening of new dental schools and the increase of student numbers in existing schools.

Link to the article: http://www.nature.com/bdj/journal/v213/n9/full/sj.bdj.2012.990.html

Let's discuss:
Professor Raman Bedi raman.bedi@kcl.ac.uk

If this is the case in the UK, is it also the situation in India where there are many more dental schools?

Are there enough places available for dental students to carry on with their training both in the UK and in India?

 

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