Disraeli knew a thing or two when he penned this phrase and nowhere is it more applicable than to the latest statistics realised by the NHS Information Centre on dentists earnings in 2009/10.
As a trades union, the British Dental Association (BDA) rightly pointed to a pay cut of 5.2%, with a reduction in taxable income from £89,600 to £84,900 from the average self-employed dentist.
The BDA blames this fall on a rise in expenses but the statistics show that average expenses were in fact £100,000, a 4.8% decrease from £105,100 in the previous year. Oh dear, and these are figures they intend to present to the Review Body (DDRB).
We know from figures produced by the National Association for Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers (NASDAL) earlier this year that 2009/10 saw a drop in private earnings and expenses.
But an omission in the statistics are contract holders who are not performers, such as corporates.So, although dentists, especially single-handed practitioners and associates have had a rough time, corporates could well be boosting their profits as a result.
The BDA should consider that point…read more
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