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​More timely pay uplifts called for by Northern Ireland practitioners

23 July 2019


BDA Northern Ireland is calling on the Department of Health to apply pay uplifts in a more timely fashion.


The comments were made following the UK Government announcing it has accepted the 2019/20 DDRB recommendations to apply a 2.5% net uplift for GDPs and salaried dentists, including CDS practitioners, in England. This announcement comes just weeks after the previous year's 2018/19 uplift was finally confirmed by DoH for practitioners in Northern Ireland.


Richard Graham, Chair of Northern Ireland Dental Practice Committee said:


"While a common DDRB process applies to the whole of the UK, dental practitioners in England already know they will receive a 2.5% net uplift for 19/20 - while in comparison, practitioners in Northern Ireland have only recently had their uplift for 18/19 officially confirmed, with those payments expected for GDPs in August, and for CDS dentists in September.


"Last year's delay of in excess of 15 months hit a new low, even for a process that has been fraught with delay previously; at the very least, pay awards should be made in the same year to which they apply. We have written to the Permanent Secretary at Department of Health, urging him to ensure a much more timely process this time round."


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