The 39th report from the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Review Body was
published in February 2010 relating to the 2010/11 pay award. In
response to the report the following changes were implemented:
- 0.9% increase to contract values in England and Wales and to fee scales for Northern Ireland and Scotland
- 1% increase for salaried primary care dentists
- 0% for hospital consultants and, 1% for other hospital dentists
Details of the BDA recommendations, the DDRB’s response and the outcomes
are given below. The BDA’s submission of evidence, and the DDRB Report
are available to download at the bottom of the page.
General Dental Practice
In its evidence to the DDRB this year
relating to GDPs, the BDA had asked for an award of 3.8 per cent on
contract values, fee scales and other appropriate allowances. This
included a retrospective increase for last year’s award which we
considered to be based on flawed assumptions. The DDRB did not accept
the BDA’s argument that the award should be corrected.
evidence from all parties, the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Review Body
recommended an uplift of 1.44% to contract values in England and Wales.
This recommendation was designed to create a 0% uplift on dentists’ net
earnings after accounting for rises in practice expenses.
year, the Department of Health in England and the Governments of the
devolved nations chose not to adopt the full DDRB recommendations given
the current public sector spending constraints.
In response to
the Review Body recommendations, the Government decided to apply a
prospective efficiency assumption of 1.0 per cent of contractors’
operational costs. This had the effect of reducing the proposed uplift
in the value of contract payments to 0.9 per cent for dental contracts
in England. The Governments in Scotland and Wales followed suit with
contract values being raised by 0.9 per cent in Wales and the dental fee
scale being raised by 0.9 per cent in Scotland. The Government in
Northern Ireland has not yet made a decision.
Salaried primary dental care services
BDA argued for a 3.6 per cent increase in salaried dentists’ pay in
line with public sector pay growth in July 2009. The DH and NHS
Employers argued that an increase of more than 1.0 per cent was not
affordable. The BDA had asked for two extra increments to be added to
the top of the Band A pay band and two increments to be taken from the
The Review Body did not wish to recommend a change to the
pay bands at the present time and awarded an increase of 1.0 per cent
across all pay bands.
The Department of Health in England accepted the DDRB recommendations in full as did the other countries.
regarding hospital dentists is submitted by the British Medical
Association who recommended a 2% increase. For hospital dentists, the
DDRB made the following recommendations:
- Foundation House Officers (1 and 2) and their equivalents (house officers and Senior House Officers): 1.5 per cent
- Registrars and Associate Specialists (SAS) grades: 1.0 per cent
- Consultants: 0 per cent.
DDRB also recommended that a banding multiplier be introduced for
Foundation House Officer 1 posts that only attract basic pay and that
this should be set at 1.05 of basic salary.
The Department of
Health in England did not accept the recommendations in full and decided
that all hospital doctors and dentists below Consultant level in
England will receive a salary increase of 1 per cent. Consultants will
receive 0 per cent. The banding recommendation was accepted.