The BBC highlights a report by Dundee University that shows that only a small proportion of Dental Students want to do NHS work, with the vast majority wanting to concentrate on private medical work, which pays vastly more.
The question for me to ask here is whether the state is paying too much to train dentists who have no intention of repaying their debt to the state that helped fund and provide their training.
I assume that dental students pay top up fees, but this suggests that this is a top up to the amount that the state contributes towards their education. If they are not going to make a commitment to the NHS, for at least a period of time, shouldn't the state have the option to withdraw funding from them and instead use this money to fully fund, without top up fees, dental students who want to work for the NHS ?
Dental students are, in my opinion, an odd bunch anyway. Nobody goes in to dentistry through love of teeth. It is clearly a career based around making as much money as possible. Some people suggest that dentistry is similar to being a doctor. I disagree strongly with this view. Doctors save lives. they also make a commitment to work in the NHS. Unless dentists are prepare to do the same, their training should be changed and incentivized to make them work in and for the NHS.