When you originally apply for payment you must declare that you
intend that your name remains on the dental list of the HB and that you
will return to NHS practice within 12 months of the birth of your baby.
You must agree to repay any maternity payments made if you do not
return. If, however, you are unable to return due to illness or other
circumstances which the HB considers reasonable, it has the discretion
to waive repayment provided that you eventually return to dental
practice to provide General Dental Services for at least one month. In
exceptional circumstances where you are unable to return to work, the HB
has the power to waive repayments completely.
There is no
definition of return to practice. In theory a dentist could provide
treatment to one NHS patient within one year of the birth or adoption
and then give three months’ notice to her HB and not be required to pay
back any money. We do not know of a case where this has been tested