£200,000 a year earnings for some dentists5th August 2009
Many dentists across England and Wales are earning between £200,000 and £300,000 a year.
Figures from the NHS Information Centre reveal that in the financial year 2007-2008, almost 1,200 dentists earned over £200,000 while 382 were paid more than £300,000.
The figures show that 4,418 fell into the £100,000-£200,000 bracket while most dentists – 8,699 – earned between £50,000 and £100,000 a year taxable income after expenses had been deducted.
The figures cover earnings in the second year of the new contractual system for dentists.
On average, a dentist running their own practice with a contract with the local primary care organisation to provide NHS services earned £126,807, while dentists without such a contract earned on average £65,697.
Chair of the British Dental Association's general dental practice committee John Milne said: "These statistics reflect a time when dentists were working hard to overcome problems with the new arrangements and make them work for their patients.
"Many practitioners were contending with the uncertainty of potential clawback of their contract values.”
However, Liberal Democrat health spokesman Norman Lamb said the amount of money some dentists were earning was staggering.
"These figures will astonish people who are struggling to find an NHS dentist,” he added.
He said it was vital that the NHS could compete with the private sector but there was a need for the public to know they were getting value for money.
Health minister Ann Keen said the report confirmed dentists had good levels of earnings and she said that access to NHS dentistry continued to improve.
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Title: £200,000 a year earnings for some dentists
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 12378
Date Added: 5th Aug 2009