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​100% get DFT places for 2nd year running

16 September 2015

The British Dental Association (BDA) has welcomed confirmation from COPDEND that every eligible UK graduate has secured a dental foundation training (DFT) place for the second year running.

The announcement covers DFT places in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The BDA has campaigned hard on the issue, highlighting how the historic lack of places had hurt dental graduates, and represented a poor use of public money invested in training unsuccessful applicants.
In 2012 there were around 35 people without a DFT place, rising to 38 in 2013.

Judith Husband, Chair of the BDA’s Education, Ethics and the Dental Team Working Group, said:

“For the second year running every UK dental graduate has secured a training place. This makes sense, for the next generation of dentists and for the public purse. We shouldn’t expect taxpayers to pick up the tab giving graduates skills they might never get the chance to use as young dentists.

“We were determined that last year would not be remembered as a ‘one-off’. This year’s result is great news. Now we have to make sure it becomes a tradition.”

About the BDA

The British Dental Association (BDA) is the professional association and trade union for dentists in the UK. It represents dentists working in general practice, in community and hospital settings, in academia and research, and in the armed forces, and includes dental students. The BDA promotes members’ interests, advances the science, arts and ethics of dentistry, and contributes towards improving the nation's oral health.

For further information, please contact the BDA's media team on 0207 563 4145/46 or visit the BDA's news centre. You can also follow news from the BDA on Twitter. Membership packages reflect the varied needs of dentists.