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Ballot of hospital trainees regarding industrial action

NHS trade unions are increasingly pushing back against below inflation pay awards from the Department of Health and some have proceeded to calling industrial action.

The BDA has recently concluded a second ballot of hospital dental trainees in England. The outcome of that ballot is that we have now identified 29 Trusts where BDA members will be able to take industrial action.


These are:


  • Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Countess Of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
  • George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
  • Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
  • King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust
  • Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust  
  • Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
  • South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
  • St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust  
  • St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust  
  • The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, NHS Foundation Trust  
  • University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust  
  • University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust 
  • University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust  
  • University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

See the full breakdown of ballot results for:

What's happening when?

We are asking Trainees at the above Trusts to undertake no contractual duties between 07.00 on 14 June and 07.00 on 17 June.


I've just joined the BDA. Can I take action?

If you have recently joined the BDA and you are employed by one of the Trusts listed above, please contact industrialaction@bda.org.

I'm not a member but want to take part

If non-members take action on the dates the BDA takes action it will not be classed as official action and the dentist in question may find themselves facing action from their employers.


If you would like to be included in any future action, join the BDA.


How will the BDA industrial action work with the BMA's?

Hospital dentists are employed on the same contract as their medical colleagues. Any action we take will coincide with that being taken by the BMA.


What's happening in clinical academia?     

Clinical academics often work alongside hospital colleagues, but the key difference is that they are employed on University contracts of employment and have an honorary hospital status. At the moment it is only trainees directly employed by Trusts on substantive trainee contracts who are taking action.