Dental and Medical leaders issue call for reform of pay review body

The British Dental Association (BDA) and British Medical Association (BMA) have joined forces in leading calls for a fundamental reform of the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB).

The Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB) advises governments in Westminster, Cardiff, Belfast and Edinburgh on rates of pay for doctors and dentists.

The DDRB was established following recommendation of the Royal Commission on Doctors and Dentists, which stated that such a body was necessary in order to give the medical and dental professions some assurance that their standards of living will not be depressed by arbitrary Government action, as well as achieving “the settlement of remuneration without public dispute.

Dental and medical leaders have claimed that the DDRB’s role to guarantee the independence of pay awards has been eroded over time, and the current process is no longer good enough for their professions, with GDPs in England still unsure on whether the anticipated 2% uplift will be delivered from 1 October.

In a joint statement directed at Health Secretary Matt Hancock MP, both associations have outlined the key principles that need to underpin the reform process.

The BMA and BDA believe it is now time for fundamental reform of the pay review process for doctors and dentists, on the basis of the following principles:

  • Restitution of the DDRB’s independence and return to its original purpose.
  • Revision of its terms of reference to narrow the DDRB’s focus purely on pay uplifts rather than making recommendations on wider contractual matters.
  • Clear timetables for submission of evidence and publications of the report, and an undertaking that government(s) must not fetter the parameters of the DDRB’s recommendations.
  • Re-establishment of the undertaking that government(s) will respect and implement the DDRB’s recommendations.

David Jacobs, General Practice Partner at Milsted Langdon, said: “It is clear that following the calls from both the BDA and BDM that something is fundamentally wrong with the current DDRB set up.

“It is important to seek specialist advice if you feel affected by anything mentioned in the article”

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