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Pay award fails NHS dentists, says BDA

Today's announcement that high street dentists are to be awarded a 0.21% gross pay uplift fails to provide a much-needed boost for NHS dentistry, according to the British Dental Association (BDA).

The 0.21% rise is based on a formula that, taking estimated decreased expenses into account, suggests GDPs will actually see a 1.5% increase in net incomes.


John Milne, chair of the BDA's General Dental Practice Committee (GDPC), said: ‘We appreciate that a measure of financial restraint is necessary in the current economic climate. Clearly, economic prudence is essential for everyone. But it's also important to remember that high street dentists are running businesses that provide vital healthcare to millions of people. Those businesses must be properly funded so that they can invest in their premises and equipment to deliver the highest quality care to their patients.'


He added: ‘Sadly, the basis of the formula which suggests that the increase might amount to 1.5% in real terms does not take account of the effect of the devaluation of sterling and its effect on the prices of equipment and materials that are largely manufactured overseas. These expenses, and dentists' ability to access the finance necessary to met them, are both adversely affected by the recession.


‘The problems many patients have faced accessing NHS dentistry in recent years have been well documented. The solution to those problems is to build confidence in the future of NHS dentistry by properly supporting our current NHS practitioners, and sending a positive signal to newly qualifying dentists about the future of NHS dentistry. This settlement will do neither of those things.'

 Posted on : Tue 31st - Mar - 2009

 

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