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Monday, 06 March 2017 11:00

BDA: New rules on personal injury claims risk fuelling retention crisis

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The British Dental Association (BDA) has told the Department of Health and NHS England that changes to the discount rate of personal injury claims could seriously undermine retention - and pressed for indemnity support schemes offered to GPs be extended to GDPs.

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.”

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