From The Newsdesk – 05.10.2011 – #2 – “Report further evidence of financial pressures on dentists”, says BDA

PR73.11
5 October 2011
Report further evidence of financial pressures on dentists, says BDA

New figures published by the NHS Information Centre today show a fall in dentists’ average taxable income of 5.2 per cent in 2009-10 compared with 2008-09.  The average taxable income for all self-employed primary care dentists in England and Wales in 2009/10 was £84,900, compared to £89,600 in 2008/09, according to the report Dental Earnings and Expenses, England and Wales 2009/10.
The figures represent a significant pay cut and reflect increases in practice expenses of 3.1 per cent over the period, following an increase of 7.6 per cent in expenses in the previous year.

In the past year, 2010-11, expenses have continued to spiral, putting yet more pressure on family dental practices.  The reasons for the increases are multi-factorial, but include the rising cost of materials and equipment due to the value of the Pound Sterling against the Euro and US Dollar, the price of precious metals widely used in dentistry, staff costs and the burden of regulation and red tape.

The BDA provides evidence each year to the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Pay Review Body and to the Department of Health on the costs of running dental practices and the resources needed to maintain a quality dental service.  Evidence on expenses for the year 2010-11 is being prepared now.
Dr John Milne, Chair of the BDA’s General Dental Practice Committee said:
“This report shows that, whilst the Government imposed a pay freeze, dentists are in fact suffering a pay cut.  It proves what we have been telling the Department of Health for some time.  Dentists across England are working really hard to deliver high quality care for their patients. They are contending with a growing mountain of pointless bureaucracy and escalating costs on top of the effects of the efficiency savings imposed upon them.”
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Notes to editors:

The report is available at http://www.ic.nhs.uk/statistics-and-data-collections/primary-care/dentistry
The British Dental Association (BDA) is the professional association for dentists in the UK. It represents more than 23,000 dentists working in general practice, in community and hospital settings, in academia and research, and in the armed forces, and includes dental students.
For further information, please contact the BDA’s media team on 0207 563 4145/46 or visit http://www.bda.org/news-centre/. You can also follow news from the BDA on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/TheBDA.

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