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Dentists – NHS staff pay rise – salary increase will ‘worsen dental workforce crisis’
Dentists - NHS staff pay rise – salary increase will ‘worsen dental workforce crisis’
The latest pay rise for NHS dentists ‘will only accelerate the workforce crisis’ by forcing dentists to reconsider their future in the health service.
This is according to the British Dental Association (BDA) following the announcement of the latest NHS salary increase.
The hike will see eligible dentists and doctors receive a 4.5% pay rise.
But the profession has warned that the step does not go far enough, with dental accounts NASDAL estimating a fall of 10% in cash terms for typical dentists in 2020/21.
Deepest pay cuts
Peter Crooks is deputy chair of the BDA. He said: ‘For a decade we’ve seen euphemisms of ‘pay restraint’ and ‘efficiency savings’ amount to the deepest pay cuts in the public sector.
‘This derisory offer will only serve to give dentists more reasons to reconsider their future in the NHS. So millions of patients will pay the price.’
More than one million NHS staff – including nurses, paramedics, and midwives – will see their salary increase by at least £1,400.
According to the government, the lowest earners will also receive a pay rise of up to 9.3%.
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Dentists - NHS staff pay rise – salary increase will ‘worsen dental workforce crisis’.