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CDO Snub European Dentists


Dental Recruitment Day
DRD-UK 2004
Thank you very much for attending DRD-UK 2004 First Annual Recruitment Event in London Gatwick Hilton.
MnM had an overwhelming registration of 230 with an overall attendance of 150. The majority of delegates, 93% came from within the 25 EU member states, with the remaining from other countries as far afield as India, Turkey, Jordan, and many other places. In short: DRD was a great success and has managed to reach professionals in such a short notice (30 days announcement) who are ready to come to live and work in the UK and salvage the NHS dental crisis point.
The Hilton Gatwick location provided the perfect access backdrop for this fast track recruitment event. It was a unique opportunity for PCTs and the private sector to meet new dentists, the sponsors, contributors and members of the press. It also gave the opportunity for some to catch up with old friends, whilst mobilising new dentists to serve our desperate community.
While the varies organisations directly responsible the dentistry system in this country go about criticising the government for the NHS and the government for the chronic shortage of dentists, MnM is fortunate to be working with the industry by organising positive initiatives like the DrD UK 2004 which shows with facts that there are immediate solutions to current crisis should the organisations concerned be transparently committed to the efforts being made the government through the Secretary of State for health Dr John Reid.
DrD event brought serious professionals and organisations together to discuss recruitment issues. The event was supported by prominent members of the dental community who, like MnM, share their concern for the shortage of NHS dentists in the country. One can also note that the situation here is not about the government proposals to reform NHS dentistry but about those entrusted with delivering the governments promise. Contrary to certain organisations, MnM has organised a recruitment event which has received overwhelming support from the industry, with many attendees being ready to start work with immediate effect. One can only ask: Why is the CDO spending all his time on recruiting from India when there are enough dentists in the EU readily available to supply UK demand with immediate effect?
This simple event, demonstrates not only that there is no need for the current shortage of dentists in the UK, but also that there is no need for the millions of pounds being wasted irresponsibly. Clearly one can conclude that the CDO is discriminating the labour force readily available from EU member states in favour of other countries like India.
MnM would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the Dental Practitioners’ Association for the warm remarks and much valued contribution to DRD. We would like to extend a warm thank you to many others including the Associate Dean of Cardiff University, for promoting Education and job opportunities in Wales. As result of the Cardiff University presence and speaking on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government, over 53 candidates have registered with MnM their wish to relocate to Wales to work as dentists. We would like to thank the Welsh Assembly Government CDO, for supporting the MnM initiative and providing us with a list of the current vacancies available throughout Wales as described by the Associate Dean of Cardiff University. The DRD initiative is a small testament of MnM’s strong belief, and evidence that organisations like MnM are far better positioned to cooperate with the NHS to sort the current concerns on the dentistry, thus saving the Department of Health millions of pounds while achieving the much needed results.
European dentists are truly highly skilled professionals, leaders in dentistry service provision, and able to tackle this crisis head on! They undertake the urgent task and can act faster because they benefit from their EU status which gives them faster integration into UK dental service provision.
This year’s recruitment event has set the bar high. However, there is always room for improvement and we have received helpful feedback that we plan to incorporate in our plans for next year (if you didn’t get a chance to fill out a conference feedback survey form, you may do so online: recruitment conference survey). We hope to see even more of you in 2005 for a bigger, better 2nd DRD-UK Recruitment event!
From the hosts, we would especially like to send the warmest thank you to each and every attendee for being our guest. It was an honour to work with you, and we sincerely hope that you enjoyed the recruitment day and that you are now looking forward to your first challenge in the United Kingdom.

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