On 28 February, the Lord Chancellor, Liz Truss, announced a cut to the discount rate from 2.5% to -0.75%. The effect will be an increase in the size of compensation payments paid in medical and dental negligence cases, leading to significant new costs for the NHS and other providers of medical and dental care. Given that subscription rates charged by medical defence organisations have to reflect their best actuarial estimate of the likely liabilities which they face, rates and costs to dentists are likely to rise substantially.
The BDA have also raised concerns with the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB) on how significant increases in expenses could impact on coming reports.
The BDA’s Chair of General Dental Practice, Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, said:
“Rising indemnity costs will worsen the already growing retention issue we have in NHS dentistry with many part-time or older more experienced dentists deciding that it is not financially worthwhile to continue to practise. GPs can expect to benefit from an indemnity support scheme and we believe GDPs deserve the same treatment.”