BDA slams 1% pay rise recommended for dentists

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The DDRB has recommended a 1% pay rise for dentists

The Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB) has recommended a 1% pay rise for dentists in 2016/17.

The report also recommended a 1% non-consolidated payment for salaried dentists, who received a 2% non-consolidated payment in 2015/16 and have not moved on to a new pay scale.

The British Dental Association (BDA) believes that the DDRB has failed to recognise the ‘25% decline in dentists’ real income since 2006′.

Funding gap

‘Dentists take home pay has fallen by 25% in a decade, and these recommendations do nothing to change that dangerous direction of travel,’ Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, chair of the BDA’s General Dental Practice Committee (GDPC), said.

‘The DDRB has avoided the chronic need for investment in NHS dentistry, and has not acknowledged GDPs’ mounting expenses.

‘This modest uplift will leave many dentists struggling to provide needed investment in training, equipment and materials.

‘The DDRB believes that its remit is remuneration, not investment, but Ministers know our pay packets serve both purposes.

‘An already over-stretched workforce is still having to plug the funding gap in NHS dentistry, and we now require a clear signal from the Government that it is prepared to share the burden.

‘We recognise that pay restraint is a reality, but government under-investment is a choice.

‘Failure to act will have lasting consequences for oral health provision in Britain.’


  1. 1

    Suggestion to improve public oral health & dental incomes … minimize drill and fill dentistry, maximize prevention and thereby fill up the waiting room.

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    NHS dental pay has seen overheads rise faster than pay rises for most of the last 40 years but it has become much worse in the last 10. It must now be impossible to make a living out of a purely NHS single surgery practice. Private work and the economies of scale in multiple practices are helping to subsidise NHS dentistry but one wonders how much longer these pay cuts can continue. Quick poor quality work cannot be condoned under any circumstances but one wonders how minimal some of the treatment plans are on the NHS. I feel so sorry for the public who still believe that dentists can offer a good standard of NHS treatment. You cannot explain how NHS dentistry works to the public because no one would ever believe you.

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    Which other profession would be expected to provide an:
    Examination, radiographs, a scale and polish, preventative advice and screen for oral cancers for £18.80?
    My hairdresser, beautician and manicurist actually earn more than most young dentists.

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    Every day, in every way, I’m so glad our practice abandoned NHS ‘dentistry’ after the ultimate insult of the 2006 contract.

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