Heads of TermsIn September 2013 the BMA agreed to enter into formal negotiations with NHS Employers over a new contract for consultants working in England and Northern Ireland. these negotiations will be based around the Heads of Terms circulated earlier in the year. The BMA negotiates on behalf of those dentists employed on hospital medical terms and conditions and the BDA has a seat on the BMA's contract reference group.As at March 2018 the negotiations are continuing.
What can you do?We would like to hear from consultants about concerns that relate specifically to what new arrangements could mean for dentistry and these should be emailed to:
Hospital trainee contract
Following negotiations, the British Medical Association (BMA) has now (November 2016) agreed to suspend industrial action relation to the proposed hospital trainee contract, and is seeking to work with the Government to help implement a new contract.
The BDA will therefore, no longer be taking action, but we will continue to call for a contract that rewards the skills and efforts of trainee hospital dentists, and one that works for our patients.
February 2016 was the first time the BDA had taken industrial action and we thank our members for standing together to fight alongside their medical colleagues.
New contract roll-out
We will keep our members informed of the new contract developments (due to be rolled out in early 2017) and will continue to provide you with advice and support in these turbulent and challenging times.
As at April 2018, there are currently proposals by the government for a review of the 2016 hospital trainee contract, but that would require the BMA to formally end its dispute over the contract. We will update members when further information becomes available.