The British Dental Association (BDA) is urging the Government to extend greater NHS Pension flexibilities to dentists.
This would then give dentists more choice on the amount they want to contribute to their pensions, potentially saving on annual allowance tax charges.
Recent NHS England figures indicate that roughly one in four new patients have not been able to secure an NHS dental appointment in the last two years, and this number is continuing to rise.
Moreover, hospital dentistry waiting lists for dental procedures remain long and those affected will no doubt be aggravated by the impact of pension’s taxation.
The BDA’s letter to Health Secretary, Matt Hancock states: “We welcome Government initiatives to improve access to NHS dentistry and believe that pension flexibility will play a part in this, removing the incentives to take early retirement or to undertake lower levels of NHS work.”
Mick Armstrong, BDA Chair, said: “Dentists hit by five-figure pension tax charges face the same choices as medical colleagues.
“It is great Ministers have recognised the need for flexibility – but no healthcare professionals should be left behind.”
Mr Armstrong added: “Failure to take a consistent approach risks opening the floodgates to legal challenges.”
David Jacobs, Partner at Milsted Langdon said: “It is vital that the Government address the pension flexibilities to dentists and ensure a consistent approach is maintained across the whole medical industry.
“If you are unsure of the impact this has on your pension then it is important that you seek specialist advice. Contact our expert team today.”