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Pension reforms will affect dentists' morale

The British Dental Association (BDA) has criticised the recommendations of the Hutton Review, arguing that the proposals are unnecessary and could have a significant negative impact on the ability of dental services to care for patients.

The review proposes changes including raising the retirement age and basing NHS employees' pensions on average lifetime earnings, rather than final salaries as is currently the case.

The BDA is concerned that increasing the retirement age will place additional demands on dentists, who work in a physically demanding and stressful profession.

It also believes these changes will exacerbate the recruitment and retention issues already faced by salaried health service dentistry, both by prompting a raft of retirements among current staff and making careers in these posts less attractive to young dentists considering their career options.

Dr Susie Sanderson, chair of the BDA's executive board, said: ‘We are disappointed by these recommendations which we believe are unjustified and potentially damaging.

'They come just three years after the implementation of reviews to the NHS Pension Scheme that were agreed between NHS Employers and health unions and are based on a presumption we disagree with, that final salary pensions are unaffordable in the long term.

‘We believe that these changes, if adopted, will adversely affect the morale of dentists and could exacerbate the recruitment problems salaried dentistry already experiences, meaning that some of society's most vulnerable patients could find it harder to access appropriate dental care.

'We urge government to think very carefully about the ramifications of these proposals.'

Further information about the proposals, along with the BDA's submissions of evidence to Lord Hutton's inquiry, is available at www.bda.org/Huttonfinalsalarypension.

 Posted on : Fri 11th - Mar - 2011

 

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