12 May 2010
Marlyn Glen has revealed through Parliamentary questions that over £3.6 million has been spent on bursaries to dental students at Dundee University in the past 4 years to commit themselves to working in NHS dentistry after graduation.
The scheme which was introduced by the Labour-led Scottish Executive in 2006-07, and between 214 and 239 dental students each year has received such a bursary.
Ms. Glen said, “The scheme has been making a significant positive impact on NHS dental provision.
” In return for the bursary, each graduate gives a guarantee to work within NHS dentistry for a set number of years, depending on the amount of the bursary received.
“The bursary scheme has made NHS dentistry a more attractive career choice for dental graduates, and it has been a good investment in NHS dentistry as well.”
Of the 51 students who graduated from Dundee Dental School , 16 are now undertaking vocational training in NHS Tayside.
Under the terms of the bursary scheme, once a graduate finishes vocational training with a particular health board they are not obliged to work within that same board.