The pay increase awarded to dentists annually is often a source of consternation for the profession, with many dentists feeling it is not adequate reparation for their hard work. There is also the discrepancy between increases in patient charge revenue (PCR), which have risen by five per cent annually since 2016, and the increases in the fee uplift for dentists. The uplift has recently been held at a nominal one per cent, although this year has been set at two per cent – which whilst a step in the right direction, is still effectively a pay cut.
Understandably, many find this difference hard to swallow. Indeed, in a blog by Michael Watson recently he reported on a paper that the BDA had submitted for the 2018 Local Dental Committees annual conference which suggests that the annual contract uplift should reflect the percentage rise in PCR.
Given all of this, I asked David Cottam, Vice-Chair of the BDA’s GDPC, to explain more about how the fee uplift figure is decided. I asked him: How is the fee uplift calculated each year and why, if the pay increase for NHS workers has been fixed at one per cent, does the fee uplift vary from this?Read More