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New immigration rules and future of maxillofacial surgery

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 27 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:259
  1. Sean Laverick (, consultant maxillofacial surgeon,
  2. Patrick Magennis, consultant maxillofacial surgeon
  1. Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 4HN
  2. University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool L9 7JU

    EDITOR—Indian and other international dental graduates have filled the shortfall in senior house officer posts in oral and maxillofacial surgery for years, helping to handle the expansion in the number of senior house officers caused by the European Working Time Directive. Changes in the immigration rules and in the General Dental Council's policy may leave this small group of 20-30 dedicated clinicians stranded.

    To become a consultant in oral and maxillofacial surgery takes around 18 years and requires UK registrable dental and medical qualifications. Most trainees …

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