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BDA highlights risks of cuts to dental academia funding

30th March 2010

The British Dental Association (BDA) has urged universities not to cut funding for academic posts in dental education, despite incoming budgetary cutbacks.

Professor Paul Wright, chair of the BDA’s central committee for dental academic staff, told the British Dental Journal that cuts to this sector could impact its ability to produce high-quality graduate students.

The warning comes after the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) announced that funding for universities and colleges will be reduced in 2010-11.

Professor Wright stated that dental schools will be at particular risk of financial shortfalls due to the fact they are jointly funded by HEFCE and the NHS.

He also warned that inadequate staff resources resulting from these cuts may lead to students being insufficiently trained, which will negatively impact upon patient care.

The expert said: “We urge extreme caution by universities as they absorb HEFCE’s announcement.”

This comes after the organisation earlier this month called on the winner of the forthcoming general election to work with the dental sector in order to tackle its mounting organisational problems.

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