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BDA makes recommendations on dentists pay

The Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration (DDRB) has had evidence submitted to it from the BDA for 2016/17.

The BDA has reported a fall in real-term dental incomes; claiming that this is unsustainable and that dentists should receive as a minimum the full 1% targeted pay increase.

Key points highlighted by the BDA:

  • Public confidence in NHS dentistry is high and quite rightly needs to remain so
  • Practices are focusing their finances on retaining highly-prized practice staff to underpin the dentist workforce, however, some practitioners are not receiving pay increases as a result
  • Taxable incomes continue to remain at significantly lower levels than 2008/9
  • Time spent on non-clinical activity continues to increase putting at risk the time available to see patients and access to NHS services
  • Morale and motivation continues to be very low across the UK, particularly in Northern Ireland
  • Dentist retention rates are not as good as they could be and 30% of associates intend to increase the amount of private care they provide
  • There are problems in recruiting associates in some areas, particularly Wales
  • A third of practice owners plan to retire in the next five years and 6% of dentists want to leave dentistry and work in another sector within the next five years


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