Tariq Drabu Leading Manchester Dentist Critical of Scottish New Dental Graduate Unemployment

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Tariq Drabu says that "the current state of affairs is very bad news for new dentists in Scotland and a waste of time and money for the taxpayer."

Tariq Drabu

Tariq Drabu

Trying to find your first job at the same time as your final examinations and just before graduation is an extremely stressful experience.

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 in Scotland that up to 40 graduates qualifying from Scotland’s dental schools in 2013 may not be able to access a dental vocational training place which gives them a training position in an approved dental practice.

Tariq Drabu was speaking in response to written questions in the Scottish parliament where the Scottish government admitted that some 41 Scottish dental students who have registered an interest in a DVT place in Scotland have not yet been matched to a placement. The questions and answers can be seen here.

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 around 50% of these new dental school graduates are now without a job."

Tariq Drabu continued, "In 2005 the English 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 very bad news for new dentists in Scotland 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. I urge the Scottish government to make funds available for all dental foundation training places as a matter of priority."

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