The BDA was disappointed with the DDRB's recommendations for pay awards for GDPS in England for 2015/16. Rather than negotiating on dental expenses, the Department of Health decided to simply take DDRB's recommendation of a one per cent uplift for dentists' pay and use a revised version of the DDRB's formula (which produced a lower value for the uplift).
BDA Scotland also criticised the recommendation for a 1.6 per cent pay award for GDPs in Scotland. For salaried dentists, the Scottish Government accepted the DDRB recommendation of a one per cent award, whilst there was no consideration of pay for salaried dentists in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
In 2014, the Government imposed a two-year arrangement which will see no uplift for dentists still in incremental progression. We await the response of the administrations in Wales and Northern Ireland to the 2015 report.
The BDA's evidence to the Review body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration for 2015/16 is now available to download.
Our most recent reports on the state of general practice and the state of salaried dental practice are also available to download.