The chief dental officer Barry Cockroft was in Plymouth on Friday, October 22 for the unveiling ceremony of the foundation stone of the new Dental School Building on the Derriford site of the Peninsula Dental and Medical School.
Present also at the ceremony and a reception in the John Bull Building were representatives of Midas Construction, the chair and chief executive of the Primary Care Trust, the deputy vice chancellor of Plymouth University Mary Watkins, Alison Seabeck MP and other guests who had played a key role in securing a successful result for the Dental School bid in January 2006.
The building is the final capital investment associated with the Dental School. Outreach centres in Exeter, Devonport and Truro have already been completed.
Alison said: “This was a moving ceremony for the key people involved in the successful establishment of the Dental School which has already achieved a strong reputation.
“When the first dentists graduate next summer this will be a good example of what the Labour Government did in its years in office – not just to fix the roof when the sun was shining, but to invest in the oral health of future generations of young people in the South West, which had a particularly bad shortage of dentists at the end of the 1990s.”
(Image: chief dental officer Barry Cockroft pictured with (left to right) Professor Liz Kay Dean of the Dental School, Plymouth’s feputy lady mayoress Sally Bowie and deputy lord mayor Mark Coker.)