Junior dentists in Scotland may join strike

11 May, 2023 / infocus
 Will Peakin  

The British Dental Association (BDA) has warned that dentists in Scotland employed under the same contract as junior doctors may join their medical colleagues in a 72-hour walkout.

The timing of the strike is yet to be confirmed and a decision depends on the outcome of negotiations between the British Medical Association and the Scottish Government.

The overwhelming majority (91 per cent) of voters “from this small but important cohort backed industrial action, on a turnout of 79 per cent,” said the BDA in a statement.

Eddie Crouch, the BDA’s chair, said: “Our members stand ready to do whatever it takes to secure a fair deal on pay.

“Just like their medical colleagues these dentists aren’t worth a penny less than they were a decade ago.

“We are hopeful that a negotiated settlement can be found. But our members will take strike action if the Scottish Government fails to come back to the table with a serious pay offer.”

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