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Dentists pay 'driven by shortage'

Thursday August 19th 2010

Hundreds of dentists across England and Wales are earning more than £300,000 a year, figures reveal.

The data, from the NHS Information Centre, showed that 410 dentists filled, drilled and scraped there way to earning the huge sum in the 2008-09 tax year.

Those hitting the £300,000 earnings threshold - which is before tax and after expenses - increased 8% on the 380 who earned the same amount in 2007-08.

The pay covers both NHS work and income from private patients. Overall, dentists earned an average of £89,600, including those working full and part time.

A separate report from the centre showed dentists are now carrying out more complex treatments, which also earn them more money.

The number of Band 3 treatments (such as crowns, dentures and bridges) being carried out rose by 12.2% in 2009/10.

This compared with just a 2.7% increase in simpler Band 1 treatments.

Figures also show people in Great Yarmouth and Waveney are three times more likely to see an NHS dentist than those in Kensington and Chelsea in London.

Some 77% of people in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney primary care trust area had seen an NHS dentist in the two-year period ending in June, compared with 24% in Kensington and Chelsea.

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