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BDA warns associates on NHS Pensions

New research by the British Dental Association (BDA) indicates that around 6% of associates (also known as Performers) may have no pension provision despite being entitled to access the NHS Pension Scheme.

A BDA survey of its associate members who qualified since 2006 revealed that 14% of dentists had opted out of the NHS pension scheme at some point over the nine year-period examined, though 6% re-joined later.

The BDA research also revealed that around a third were unaware or confused about the scheme's benefits, and nearly a quarter saw disadvantages in the scheme. The BDA plans to raise the profile of pensions at the British Dental Conference and Exhibition, and encourages dental foundation training schemes to include pensions in their training events.


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