Ninety-six percent of community dentists in Northern Ireland have voted in favour of a new contract that will give them a 4.4% pay increase and a new £750 training fund.
The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS NI) agreed to the new contract after nearly seven years of lobbying by the British Dental Association (BDA) to bring training funds in line with those in England and Wales.
This is the first time such a training fund has been made available to dentists in Northern Ireland. Funds will be held by the relevant Trust, who will decide where the money is spent on training needs for their dentists.
Pay increases will be backdated to April 2015.
“We have worked hard for a fair and progressive contract and we are delighted that it has won the overwhelming support of community dentists,” said Grainne Quinn, Chair of the BDA’s Northern Ireland Salaried Dentists Committee.
“The backdating of pay to April 2015 is welcome news, and the introduction of an annual allowance of £750 for dedicated professional training means we are now employed on an equal footing to our colleagues in England and Wales.
“The changes that it will introduce should benefit both community dentists and the patients we treat.”
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