Tariq Drabu Leading Manchester Dentist Condemns New Dental Graduate Unemployment

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Tariq Drabu says that "the current state of affairs is heartbreaking for new dentists and a waste of time and money for the taxpayer."

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It is very sad and ironic that in terms of raw numbers, the equivalent of almost 50% of these new dental school graduates are now without a job

Tariq Drabu, leading Manchester GDC registered dentist and the owner of Langley Dental Practice in Middleton, Manchester has today issued strong condemnation of the news that 35 new dental graduates who qualified in August 2012 had still not found work on dental foundation training schemes and were still unemployed.

Tariq Drabu was speaking in response to a statement in the House of Lords on 24 September 2012 from Earl Howe the minister responsible or dentistry. Earl Howe indicated that 35 dental graduates from dental schools in England and Wales were unsuccessful in obtaining a dental foundation training (DFT1) place out of an overall total of 1,145 eligible applicants.

Tariq Drabu said "All new dental graduates are supposed to be given training place in a practice in the first year after graduation. In fact a few years ago in response to a shortage of NHS dentists, the government created an additional 77 new dental places by opening two new dental schools, UCLAN and Peninsula. It is very sad and ironic that in terms of raw numbers, the equivalent of almost 50% of these new dental school graduates are now without a job."

Tariq Drabu continued "In 2005 the Chief Dental Officer giving evidence to the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Commons stated that it cost the taxpayer £250,000 to train each student dentist. That was seven years ago. If you add that all up in today's money, that makes a figure of almost £9 million of wasted taxpayers’ money. On top of that these students are leaving universities with levels of debt approaching £50,000. The current state of affairs is heartbreaking for new dentists and a waste of time and money for the taxpayer."

Tariq Drabu went on to say "Here at Langley Dental Practice we have been a training practice for seven of the past eight years. It is one of the most rewarding experiences that we get in dentistry to watch and train a new graduate and see them mature over a 12 month period of training and mentoring into a competent caring associate able to practice independently."

Tariq Drabu was a nominated finalist in the Dental Defence Union "Trainer of the Year" award in 2007 for his efforts in training and mentoring newly qualified dentists. Tariq Drabu added "Trying to find your first job at the same time as your final examinations and just before graduation is an extremely stressful experience. To go through a difficult complicated application procedure and rigorous interview process, only not to be allocated a place must be extremely demoralising and distressing. This state of affairs has been made worse by the large influx of new European Union graduates who do not even have to do foundation training yet some of them have actually got places on the foundation training scheme."

Tariq Drabu concluded by saying "We all understand that the government has to make cutbacks. However it is a crazy state of affairs that the NHS invests £250,000 in training a new dentist only for that dentist not to be able to find a job within the NHS. With the next round of applications due for the training year commencing in 2013 the government must make funds available for all dental foundation training places as a matter of priority."

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