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Consultation launched for an ‘opt-out’ levy model for Northern Ireland LDCs

6 November 2019

BDA Northern Ireland is encouraging dentists to respond to a consultation to change the Local Dental Committee (LDC) levy fund collection model from an ‘opt-in’ to an ‘opt-out’ one. 

The Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) is proposing to change the way levies are collected to support the work of LDCs in Northern Ireland. 

The levy fund enables general dental practitioners to take time out of practice to represent dentistry’s interests in meetings with the Department of Health, the HSCB, the Business Services Organisation and other key stakeholders.

In recent years, demographic changes have resulted in list numbers being issued more frequently, resulting in a sharp decline in the number of contributors to the levy fund. This has meant annual deficits, and levy fund reserves becoming depleted. 

Please read the letter and email your response to: GDS.Correspondence@hscni.net by midnight on Thursday 7 November  (extended deadline).

On the proposed changes, Derek Manson LDC Levy Fund Treasurer said:

“The proposal will see the same small rate of £1 for every £1000 of gross fees continuing, with the vital difference of being opted-in by default meaning more people paying into the scheme and less administration when new DS numbers are issued”. 

“The letter to the profession from Michael Donaldson, Head of Dentistry at the HSCB and myself marks the culmination of an extensive and lengthy consultation process, with the overwhelming view from LDCs being that the opt-out model offers the best way forward. I would urge practitioners to respond to the consultation, to have their views heard.”

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