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Updates from week commencing 3 July 2023

Read all the updates that took place throughout this week.

Friday 7 July 2023


General dental practitioners: Have your say!  

We are inviting general dental practitioners to share their experiences working in general practice across the UK.  

Your response will inform our yearly submission to the Doctors and Dentists Review Body, which makes recommendations on dentists pay. 

A random sample of members have been sent a unique link to the survey, check your inbox and junk folders for our email entitled ‘Have your say! – Evidence needed for pay uplift.’  

Participate in this anonymous ten-to-fifteen-minute survey and enter a draw to win a £100 gift card. 

Wednesday 5 July 2023


Video: Monthly round-up

In our latest video CEO Martin Woodrow highlights the ways we've been supporting you throughout June.
You can read about the stories outlined in the video here:

  • The NHS Long Term Workforce Plan has landed, committing to a huge increase in the number of dental students but offering little detail on how to halt the exodus from NHS dentistry
  • Dental leaders from all nations spoke to delegates at this years’ LDC conference with motions passed on the existential threat to NHS services that we will be guided by in the year ahead
  • In Northern Ireland, the Department of Health has published its budget cut proposals outlining plans to extract £360m of cuts from this year's health budget. We have challenged these cuts for being wholly counterproductive
  • NHS England is implementing a revised lower performance tolerance of 90% for the last financial year. This may be welcome news for practices who may have just missed their target, but activity is not being is not 'written off'
  • Dental consultants at 40 trusts in England have voted for strike action, alongside colleagues in the BMA in their dispute over consultant pay. Our hospital trainee members in Scotland also stand ready to take industrial action in July
  • In Scotland, we gave evidence to the Scottish parliamentary inquiry into the recovery of NHS dental services. The Scottish Dental Practice Committee will set out recommendations to government in the weeks ahead.
We will keep you updated as we continue to push for progress on these areas and for meaningful, long-term contract reform.