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Dental graduates set to shun public sector

Published: Monday, 10 September 2007   Category: Industry sectors

A number of dental graduates are set to turn their back on the NHS and work in the private sector, a new study suggests.

Research by the University of Dundee suggests that around 18 per cent of final year dentistry students plan to work privately.

And the study, published in the British Dental Journal, also revealed how just three per cent intended to work solely for the NHS.

Commenting on the findings, lead researcher Dr Fiona Stewart said: "If these career intentions are followed through it could impact significantly on the future clinical commitment available to the NHS, and in our view these intentions should be taken into account for future dental workforce planning."

However, with 79 per cent of students willing to spend some time working both privately and with the NHS, Peter Ward, chief executive of the British Dental Association, was more upbeat.

"This research confirms what we already know; that the great majority of young dentists aspire to work in the NHS," he told the BBC.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18273900-ADNFCR

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