Decade-long collapse in Northern Ireland dentists’ earnings’ confirmed by latest official figures
3 September 2019
A decade-long collapse in dentists' earnings risks the sustainability of Health Service dentistry, BDA Northern Ireland has said in response to a new report
from NHS Digital.
We have highlighted that since 2008/09, dentists’ earnings have fallen in real terms by 30% for practice owners, while associates have seen their pay decimated by 39%.The key statistics arising from the report include:
Richard Graham, Chair, BDA NI Dental Practice Committee, commented:
- Average taxable income of all general dental practitioners (practice owners and associates) fell by £3,000 (4.4%) between 2015/16 -2017/18
- Taxable income of all practice owners decreased by 1.4% between 2015/16 -2017/18, with those most reliant on Health Service earnings experiencing a 12.1% fall in taxable income over the same period.
- Taxable income of associates fell by 3.5% between 2015/16 -2017/18 with those most reliant on Health Service earnings absorbing a 6.3% fall in taxable income over the same period.
“These latest findings show once again that an unsustainable squeeze on dental income, with those most committed to Health Service dentistry, facing the deepest cuts.
“The BDA has called for the urgent implementation of the 2.5% net pay uplift recommended by the independent Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration for 2019/20. We are also calling for the reinstatement of Commitment payments as a significant step towards addressing the cumulative impact of rising expenses and a decade of below-inflation pay uplifts.
“Oral health matters. It is time that the Department of Health addresses the unsustainable financial burden on dentists, as they struggle to provide Health Service dentistry to the population at fees that simply don’t pay. We look forward to raising these issues with the Permanent Secretary.”
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