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​Juniors to have their say on revised 2016 contract

14 June 2019


The BDA is now seeking the views of hospital trainee members in England on the revisions to the 2016 contract.


Hospital dentists across England working under the junior contract became the first members of the profession to take industrial action in 2015, following a breakdown in negotiations over the proposed terms and conditions. Subsequent negotiations have achieved important improvements including: 


  • £1000 a year extra for all less than full time trainees;
  • Guaranteed annual uplifts of 2% for 4 years;
  • Section 2 transitional pay protection extended until 2025;
  • Improvements in rest and safety entitlements, with no more pay to stay when too tired to drive;
  • Contractualised Non-Resident On-Call (NROC) / Less Than Full Time Training (LTFT) rostering guidance;
  • Exception report at NHSI locum rate and personalised work scheduling for all Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) /portfolio requirements.

The BDA ballot goes live today, and will run until midday on Monday 24 June. Emails have been sent to all hospital trainees in England on our database. More information on the contract offer can be found on the BMA website.


Peter Dyer, Chair of the BDA's Central Committee for Hospital Dental Services, said:


"The initial Junior Contract did not satisfy either our, or the BMA's trainees and was overwhelmingly rejected. In 2018 talks with employers resumed to seek improvements to the contract. These talks have now concluded and that is why we are seeking your views as to whether the additions to the contract satisfy our members.


"The BMA's Junior Doctors Committee has endorsed the agreement and so we are equally happy to recommend that dental trainees also vote to accept the deal."


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