England

Peninsula dentists stay in Devon and Cornwall

The first group of dental students have graduated from a school set up to tackle the shortage of NHS dentists in south-west England.

The Peninsula Dental School, in Plymouth, said 30 of the 47 dentists graduating planned to stay in Devon and Cornwall.

It said the graduates had decided to remain in the counties to complete their on-the-job training.

The 30 graduates will work at NHS Trusts throughout Devon and Cornwall.

Historically there has been a great demand for NHS dentists in Devon and Cornwall.

In 2004, BBC News reported that 42% of people living in the Teignbridge area had access to an NHS dentist compared to 49% across England.

In 2006, the Bond Street NHS dental practice in Redruth received more than 9,000 applications, but there were only enough places for about 7,500 people.

The Peninsula Dental School opened its doors to its first students in September 2007.

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