Dentists in Scotland are calling on the government to accept the DDRB recommended pay rise of 2.5%.

Last week the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB) recommended an above-inflation 2.5% pay rise for GDPs.

Now BDA Scotland is calling on the devolved Scottish Government to:

  • Award at least 3% for expenses
  • Introduce the overall pay uplifts as soon as possible
  • Backdate pay increases to April 2019.

‘The Scottish Government now needs to announce that it accepts the DDRB recommendation,’ David McColl, chair of the Scottish Dental Practice Committee, said.

‘To avoid significant recruitment and retention problems, an above-inflation increase is now the very least Ministers can do if they want NHS dentistry in Scotland to remain sustainable.

‘Implementing DDRB recommendations in full won’t reverse a 30% collapse in real incomes.

‘But it will send a signal we’ve finally turned a corner on a policy that has put increasing pressure on NHS services.’

Real-terms pay cut

Scottish NHS dentists have experienced a real-terms pay cut of almost 30% since 2009, according to BDA Scotland.

Despite this, the cost of running a practice and regulatory compliance has shot up 1,086% over the last decade.

This has left Scottish dentists being the lowest paid amongst all the home nations.

‘A decade of under-investment continues to fatally undermine recruitment, retention and investment across the service,’ Robert Donald, previous chair of the BDA’s Scottish Dental Practice Committee, said last year.

‘The Scottish Government needs to choose between its commitment to pay restraint and the sustainability of an NHS dental system on which our patients depend.’