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In collaboration with the BMA, we have campaigned for full pay restoration for junior doctors and hospital dental trainees in England and have participated in multiple rounds of industrial action since the beginning of 2023 in aid of this dispute.

In February 2024, we renewed our mandate for full strike action at 25 eligible trusts, extending our authority to call for strike action for another six months. The list of eligible trusts can be found below.

Upcoming industrial action

There is no strike action planned for hospital dental trainees in England at present.

Unlike the BMA, the BDA does not have a mandate for action short of strike.


Frequently asked questions

If you have recently joined the BDA and you are employed by one of the Trusts listed above, please contact [email protected].

If non-members take action on the dates the BDA takes action it will not be classed as official action and the dentist in question may find themselves facing action from their employers.

If you would like to be included in any future action, join the BDA.

Hospital dentists are employed on the same contract as their medical colleagues. Any action we take will coincide with that being taken by the BMA.

Clinical academics often work alongside hospital colleagues, but the key difference is that they are employed on University contracts of employment and have an honorary hospital status. At the moment it is only trainees directly employed by Trusts on substantive trainee contracts who are taking action.