During Dentistry interviews, they may choose to ask you about current affairs relating to dentistry and the NHS. One of the biggest changes in the past year has been the new contract development that affects not only junior doctors but also trainee hospital dentists. February 2016 saw the first time that the British Dental Association (BDA) had taken industrial action. Here is The Medic Portal’s guide to how the proposed seven day NHS affects dentists.
After graduating from dental school and completing the dental foundation training, those who choose to continue in their training to specialise apply for dental foundation year 2. These placements are carried out in hospitals and some dentists may find themselves on the same employment terms as junior doctors. For example, oral surgeons who are extracting children’s teeth under general anaesthetic. Additionally, although nothing has been proposed so far a truly seven-day NHS may mean general dentists working at the weekends, similarly to the push to have general practitioner practices open at the weekends.
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