The latest statistics unveiled by NHS Digital have revealed that, for those holding contracts under the NHS, dentists’ income has fallen by more than 15 per cent over the last five years.
NHS data revealed that in the 2014/15 financial year, the average contract holders’ taxable income fell to £117,400.
In 2009/10, the figure was 15.4 per cent higher, at £139,300, according to reports.
The statistics have come under fire from the British Dental Association (BDA), which has pointed towards a “collapse in real incomes” in recent years.
Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, chair of General Dental Practice at the BDA, said: “Governments across the UK are squeezing NHS dentistry until the pips squeak.
“The Government has taken £170 million of direct funding out of NHS dentistry in England since 2010, and there are no pledges of capital investment to sweeten this pill.
“Every penny of investment this service receives comes from dentists’ own pockets, and this collapse in real incomes has a real impact on our ability to deliver the improvements in facilities, equipment, and training our patients deserve”.
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