Every dental graduate gets DFT place

The British Dental Association has welcomed confirmation from COPDEND that every eligible UK graduate has secured a dental foundation training place.

In 2012 there were around 35 people without a dental foundation training (DFT) place, rising to 38 last year.

The BDA has said the announcement is ‘great news for young dentists and the future of oral health’ but called on the Department of Health (DH) to ensure that sufficient places are provided so that the wait is not suffered by any future years of dental graduates.

Following the announcement, Judith Husband, chair of the BDA’s Education, Ethics and the Dental Team working group, said: ‘We are thrilled that every UK dental graduate has secured a training place.

‘This is fantastic news for young dentists and bodes well for the future of oral health in Britain.

‘Now we need to ensure that future dental graduates aren’t left facing another nerve-wracking wait.

‘And with a new round of recruitment just around the corner, 2014 must not go down in dental history as a “one-off”.’

Earlier this year Judith Husband wrote to the Department of Health highlighting the significant number of individuals still unplaced and reiterating both the loss to the public purse and personal consequences for young practitioners if places are not found.

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