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Dental students experience a lack of patients

Students from the University of Glasgow are at risk of failing their dental degrees due to a lack of volunteers to practise on.

The Herald Scotland has reported that without more patients to practise on, dental students in Glasgow are at risk of falling behind on the number of hours practise they are required to undertake for their degree.

The University of Glasgow offer free treatments to the public so that trainees can complete enough procedures gaining ReCAF points towards their qualifications. Despite advertising for patients to receive free oral treatment from students the dental school is not receiving enough volunteers.

The Herald Scotland received this quote from a third year student who wishes to remain anonymous: ‘At the end of the fifth year, if you haven't completed enough procedures and therefore gained enough ReCAF points, you cannot qualify as a professional dentist.

‘There is nothing you can do about this if you don't have patients

‘I think people in Glasgow should be made more aware of the free dental care we provide at the school. It benefits them and us.’

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