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Dental Services

Part of Department of Health – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 7th March 2006.

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Photo of Paul Beresford Paul Beresford Conservative, Mole Valley 2:30 pm, 7th March 2006

I declare an interest—it is becoming a habit. I am fascinated by the Minister's reply. She will be aware that dental students need academic clinical teachers. Does she agree that the 6 per cent. reduction in the number of academic clinical teachers over the past year could present a problem? Some 20 per cent. of those teachers are over 55, and 33 per cent. of them are aged 45 to 55. Does she agree that we must face the fact that there is a possible problem with a new school, more places and more students, but fewer teachers?