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BDA: New HSCIC figures show challenges faced by dentists

28th August 2013

The British Dental Association (BDA) has highlighted new dental sector financial data which it believes are illustrative of the challenges facing the industry at present.

According to the latest Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) figures, the average taxable income for primary care dentists delivering NHS care dropped from 77,900 pounds in 2010/11 to 74,400 pounds in 2012.

Moreover, the proportion of practice owners' earnings used to pay for expenses such as premises, equipment staff and regulatory requirements rose from 67.8 percent to 68.5 percent during the same period.

This is the fourth year in a row that incomes have fallen, according to the association.

Dr John Milne, the chair of the BDA's general dental practice committee, said: "I urge the health departments to look very seriously at these figures and act to protect practice viability and the provision of high-quality care to patients that the erosion of funding we are seeing is jeopardising."

This comes after the BDA criticised the Scottish government for imposing a lower-than-advised funding uplift for NHS dental services last month.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801630303-ADNFCR

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