Dentists in hospitals to join 72-hour strike

Dentists in hospitals to join 72-hour strikeDentists working in hospitals employed under the junior contract will join their medical colleagues in a 72-hour walkout.

The British Dental Association has announced it will take place from 13 March.

The dentists will be withdrawing their labour in 19 employing trusts. Results show 100% of voters backed industrial action in 18 of the 19 trusts.

British Dental Association (BDA) Chair Eddie Crouch said: ‘This small but important group of dentists are working to the same contracts as their medical colleagues, and like them are not worth a penny less than they were 15 years ago.

‘Our members will down drills until the government comes back to the table with a serious offer.’

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Pay rise for dentists

This comes as the Department of Health and Social Care announced that dentists and doctors will receive a 3.5% pay rise.

The BDA has responded to its claim that a 3.5% rise is ‘affordable’ next year.

The BDA and the British Medical Association (BMA) recently called for sweeping reform of the pay review process.

The pair argued that ministers have routinely interfered in the Review Body for Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB) processes. This includes introducing public sector pay freezes and pay caps.

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