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Dentistry to produce more graduates
Wednesday, 26 September 2007
Universities in the north-west are set to produce more dentistry graduates by opening new training centres in the area.
The Universities of Central Lancashire (Uclan) and Liverpool, have unveiled new facilities and both have increased the amount of places available on their courses.
The £6 million funding was provided by the Department of Health and the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the centres will create an extra 125 places, the BBC reports.
Commenting to the re-vamp, the head of the Uclan school of dentistry, Prof Lawrence Mair told the broadcaster: "Four years may seem a long time before these first cohorts qualify but, even while they are training, they will be providing treatment in the local areas."
And the dean of dental studies at Liverpool University, Prof Cynthia Pine, added: "In addition, the new resources will be invaluable to dental patients across Merseyside in accessing the best care available."
Meanwhile, recent research by the University of Dundee revealed that 18 per cent of student dentists were planning to work privately once they graduated.