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​NHS dentistry in Northern Ireland can't run on goodwill alone

29 March 2017

BDA Northern Ireland has responded to the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration (DDRB) recommendation of a 1% uplift in pay for Northern Ireland GDPs for 2017/18.

Associates and practice owners in Northern Ireland have seen their income fall by well over a quarter since 2009.

Peter Crooks, Chair of the Northern Ireland Dental Practice Committee, said:

"The uplift recommended by the DDRB does nothing to arrest the long-term decline in GDPs' real incomes which continues to jeopardise investment across the service.

"It's not surprising that dentists' morale and motivation in Northern Ireland is at worryingly low levels and linked to working longer hours and carrying out more health service work. This cannot be sustained indefinitely or on goodwill alone.  

"The current political impasse and budget uncertainty in Northern Ireland is concerning. Whatever the political outcome, it is clear that failure to act and invest in dentistry will have lasting consequences for oral health provision in Northern Ireland."

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