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BDA slams government record on NHS self-sufficiency

11th October 2016

The British Dental Association (BDA) has issued a strong criticism of the Conservative government's track record on driving self-sufficiency within the NHS.

Following recent pledges by health secretary Jeremy Hunt to reduce the health service's reliance on overseas doctors, the BDA has accused the government of failing to do enough to provide current dental students with training places within the NHS.

It is estimated that 14 UK dental graduates were denied dental foundation training places within the NHS this year, which the BDA attributed to poor planning by Health Education England and the Department of Health.

More than 30 individuals were affected in both 2012 and 2013, with the fact that no eligible graduates went without a place in 2014 and 2015 coming in response to pressure from the BDA.

New funding has been pledged to help address shortages within the medical profession, but the dentistry and dental foundation training sectors remain underfunded.

Judith Husband, chair of the BDA's Education, Ethics and Dental Team Working Group, said: "It's terrible news for taxpayers, patients and for the graduate health professionals who wanted to provide NHS care, but have been disqualified from caring for NHS patients."

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