Heads of Terms
In 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 June 2019 the negotiations had been suspended, due to the BMA protesting over the government's implementation of the DDRB pay implementation.
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
Reformed 2016 Contract
As at June 2019, the BMA and the government were in talks over a reformed contract, based on the 2016 contract that the UK government imposed in England. The BMA's Junior Doctor committee voted to recommend this reformed contract and it was put to a vote of the relevant BMA members.
The BDA conducted its own vote and the voting closed on the 24th June 2019. The Trainee members voted in favour of accepting the reformed contract.
On the 25th June 2019 the BMA announced it junior Doctor members had voted in favour. Once this decision is ratified by the BMA Junior Doctors Committee, the BMA/BDA will end its industrial dispute with the government and the reformed contract will come into force.
The reformed contract includes annual pay increases, and increased payments for working weekends and late shifts; improvements to junior doctors and dentists' wellbeing and safety; and the ability to formally raise concerns when they miss out on training because of rostering problems. The contract will see an investment of £90 million over the next four years plus an average 2% pay uplift each year for four years.