Tariq Drabu Affair and Media Department Condemns 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."

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

The Tariq Drabu Affair and Media department set up by Tariq Drabu leading Manchester GDC registered dentist and the owner of Langley Dental Practice in Middleton, Manchester has today issued strong criticism 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.

The statement from the Tariq Drabu Affair and Media department was 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 which took place in the Scottish parliament on 9th May 2013 can be seen here.

The Tariq Drabu Affair and Media department was set up last year to look at current regulatory and legal issues in dentistry. Speaking on its behalf Tariq Drabu said "All new dental graduates are supposed to be given training place in a practice in the first year after graduation. It is very sad and ironic that in terms of raw numbers, all these new dental school graduates may now be without a job – a fact admitted by the Scottish government in its answers to questions on 9th May."

Tariq Drabu continued "On 14 December 2004 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 – the link is here. That was nine years ago. If you add that all up in today's money, that makes a figure of £10 million of wasted taxpayers’ money if these new graduates do not find a job. On top of that these students are leaving universities with high levels of debt. The current state of affairs is very bad news for new dentists in Scotland and a waste of time and money for the taxpayer. That is why the Tariq Drabu Affair and Media department has come out condemning this waste of money."

On behalf of the Tariq Drabu Affair and Media department he 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."

Concluding on behalf of the Tariq Drabu Affair and Media department Tariq Drabu said "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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