Extreme weather could leave practices facing clawbacks
The BDA is calling on NHS England and the Welsh Government to invoke force majeure on their GDS contracts.
These calls come after the recent extreme weather conditions, which could leave many practices unable to fulfil UDA targets.
Many practices and laboratories across England and Wales have experienced closures and cancellations due to the ‘Beast from the east’.
‘Dentists are doing their level best to keep services going in such extreme weather, but through no fault of their own many are now at risk of clawback amid patient cancellations and lab closures,’ BDA chair, Mick Armstrong, said.
‘All we are asking for is for NHS bodies to provide members with flexibility in the face of such exceptional conditions.’
The British Dental Association (BDA) has highlighted the number of red warnings as proof these are exceptional circumstances.
Due to the current close proximity to the contract year end, the BDA believes there will be limited time for providers to make up their UDAs.
The BDA has called for a 95% UDA delivery threshold to cover the loss of the three days to help ease members’ problems.
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