PORTSMOUTH is bucking the national trend of hiring more female dentists.
Figures from the NHS Information Centre show that at the end of March, only two female dentists had been taken on compared to seven male dentists in 12 months – making it the lowest performing area in the south central.
But in the same time frame, NHS Hampshire took on 23 females and 24 male dentists.
And in Southampton seven female dentists were hired, compared to two male counterparts.
Nationally, of around 23,000 NHS high street dentists featured in the survey, 44.5 per cent had hired female dentists.
NHS Portsmouth said that dentists are independent contractors and that recruitment is carried out by each individual practice.
While the primary care trust is not involved in the process of hiring, it ensures that dentists working in general dental practices are on a performer list.
It also said the recruitment process is non-discriminatory, and staff are appointed on merit.