HYDERABAD: With more and more dental clinics sprouting every other day than grocery stores, the opportunities for dentists have gone down significantly, Telangana Dentists Association has alleged.
‘‘Not everyone can afford to have a clinic and it is limited to the elite class of the society. It has become very difficult for dentists who have passed out in the last 15-20 years to make both ends meet,” lamented Dr Priyanka Marthineni, state president of the Telangana Dentists Association.
In a press meet here on Thursday, the members of the association detailed the difficulties the dentists face in the state today. “Post bifurcation, there are only 7 government seats for MDS for Telangana whereas there are close to 200 seats in private hospitals,” Priyanka said.
The demands of the association include providing government jobs to dentists by recruiting them in Primary Health Centres, increase of PG seats in government colleges, introducing diploma courses for practicing dentists and promoting dental tourism.