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BDA warns of impact of scrapping NHS bursaries in England

27th May 2016

The British Dental Association (BDA) has warned the government of the potential impact its cuts to NHS bursaries in England will have on professional development in healthcare.

Funding for the bursary for students in nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions was scrapped in November's Comprehensive Spending Review, leading to widespread expectations that dentists and doctors will be next to lose out.

New research from London Economics has indicated the cut will only generate net savings of 88 million pounds, while at the same time causing staff shortages and a rise in spending on agency staff that could end up costing more than it saves in the long term.

Given that dental graduates already face an average estimated debt of 60,000 upon graduation, the BDA warns that scrapping bursaries will put people off becoming dentists, with very little gained to balance out this loss.

Paul Blaylock, chair of the BDA's students committee, said: "This bursary has been a lifeline for some students, and ministers cannot sweep it away without giving proper consideration to the impact this will have on our NHS."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801819347-ADNFCR

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