Dental student surge continues
 

Dental News
Article detail

See the following article detail about

Dental student surge continues

0845 527 9810

Article details for

Dental student surge continues

 

Dental student surge continues

The number of aspiring dentists to begin their training this year will match 2005’s record-breaking intake, the Government has forecast.

The Department of Health (DoH) said it expected October’s dental school intake to be ‘approximately’ as large as last year’s 848. That figure represented a 25% rise on 2004, when 674 students were admitted to England’s nine dental schools.

Figures published by the Government show that before last year’s boost, the annual intake had remained relatively stable – ranging from 600 to 685 – for more than a decade.

Last year's jump, the largest in recent times, was part of a concerted effort by the Government to tackle a long-term shortage of NHS dentists. The DoH said creating 170 extra training places was one of a range of measures taken to strengthen NHS dentistry. But it accepted there was still a shortfall of roughly 1,000 practitioners.

A DoH spokeswoman said: ‘Our moves to tackle the shortage are well documented. We introduced a new contract which is proving popular with dentists able to increase their patient lists.

'We encouraged them to stay in the NHS, increased the number of student places and held a short-term recruitment programme to recruit back the whole-time equivalent of 1,100 dentists back into the NHS.’

The British Dental Association (BDA) warned that the gap would take several years to fill. A spokeswoman said: ‘We welcome this increase in dental student numbers but it will take five or six years for them to come on stream.

‘Under the new cash-limited contract neither patients nor dentists will benefit unless the Government matches the funding accordingly.’

The largest dental school in England is at Kings College, London. In 1993, the earliest year covered by the Government figures, 157 students began training there. Last year the college admitted 168 new students.

After Kings, the largest schools are at the University of Newcastle – with 98 new students last year – and the Universities of Birmingham, Liverpool and Queen Mary in London – all of which admitted 90.

The school with the largest increase in student places between 2004 and 2005 was at the University of Leeds, which recorded a 63% rise from 52 to 85.

Other schools with large increases were the University of Bristol (58%), Queen Mary (55%) and University of Liverpool (50%). The only dental school whose intake declined between 2004 and 2005 was at the University of Manchester, where numbers fell from 79 to 59.

From Autumn 2007, the new Peninsula Dental School will open with 64 student places spread over three sites in Devon and Cornwall. The average cost of training a dentist is £160,000 over a five-year course – or £32,000 per year.

The total cost of training the 3,500 students in dental schools in England in 2005/6 was £112 million. The number of students who finished their courses and registered as professional dentists was 553 in 2003, 579 in 2004 and 605 in 2005.

By Andy Tate, parliamentary correspondent

 Posted on : Sun 10th - Sep - 2006

 

Call Dental Support UK

Premium IT Support

  • All Servers & workstations covered..
  • Saturday Cover INCLUDED.
  • Telephone support.
  • Remote support.
  • 4 hour on-site Server response.
  • System monitoring.
  • Network monitoring and security.
  • Anti-Virus & Application updates.
  • Unlimited Remote Server Data backup.
  • Loan equipment on hardware failure.
  • Reduced rates for PC parts supply & installations.

No matter how big
your practice you
pay the same
price!!


ONLY

Click here for more info
Dental News Archives 2018

August - 2018
July - 2018
June - 2018
May - 2018
April - 2018
March - 2018
February - 2018
January - 2018

Dental News Archives 2017

December - 2017
November - 2017
October - 2017
September - 2017
August - 2017
July - 2017
June - 2017
May - 2017
April - 2017
March - 2017
February - 2017
January - 2017

Dental News Archives 2016

December - 2016
November - 2016
October - 2016
September - 2016
August - 2016
July - 2016
June - 2016
May - 2016
April - 2016
March - 2016
February - 2016
January - 2016

Dental News Archives 2015

December - 2015
November - 2015
October - 2015
September - 2015
August - 2015
July - 2015
June - 2015
May - 2015
April - 2015
March - 2015
February - 2015
January - 2015

Dental News Archives 2014

December - 2014
November - 2014
October - 2014
September - 2014
August - 2014
July - 2014
June - 2014
May - 2014
April - 2014
March - 2014
February - 2014
January - 2014

Dental News Archives 2013

December - 2013
November - 2013
October - 2013
September - 2013
August - 2013
July - 2013
June - 2013
May - 2013
April - 2013
March - 2013
February - 2013
January - 2013

Dental News Archives 2012

December - 2012
November - 2012
October - 2012
September - 2012
August - 2012
July - 2012
June - 2012
May - 2012
April - 2012
March - 2012
February - 2012
January - 2012

Dental News Archives 2011

January - 2011
February - 2011
March - 2011
April - 2011
May - 2011
June - 2011
July - 2011
August - 2011
September - 2011
October - 2011
November - 2011
December - 2011

Dental News Archives 2010

December - 2010
November - 2010
October - 2010
September - 2010
August - 2010
July - 2010
June - 2010
May - 2010
April - 2010
March - 2010
February - 2010
January - 2010

Dental News Archives 2009

December - 2009
November - 2009
October - 2009
September - 2009
August - 2009
July - 2009
June - 2009
May - 2009
April - 2009
March - 2009
February - 2009
January - 2009

Dental News Archives 2008

December - 2008
November - 2008
October - 2008
September - 2008
August - 2008
July - 2008
June - 2008
May - 2008
April - 2008
March - 2008
February - 2008
January - 2008

Dental News Archives 2007

December - 2007
November - 2007
October - 2007
September - 2007
August - 2007
July - 2007
June - 2007
May - 2007
April - 2007
March - 2007
February - 2007
January - 2007

Dental News Archives 2006

December - 2006
November - 2006
October - 2006
September - 2006
August - 2006
July - 2006
June - 2006
May - 2006
April - 2006
March - 2006
February - 2006
January - 2006

Dental News Archives 2005

December - 2005
November - 2005
October - 2005
September - 2005
August - 2005
July - 2005
June - 2005
May - 2005

hide toolbar
Would you like weekly updates on our latest offers? If so enter your email :
Quick Remote Dental Support