The British Dental Association (BDA) has condemned the NHS orthodontic procurement exercise launched this week for the orthodontic agreements across the whole of Southern England which are set to expire on 31 March 2019, saying “for many not bidding may be better option.”
Despite winning several concessions, including on UOA pricing, the BDA has expressed grave doubts about the outcomes:
A Judicial Review entered into by the BDA and the British Orthodontic Society on the tendering process remains ongoing but stayed. The BDA is advising providers to consider very carefully the financial impact and the viability of their business model before bidding, and to take advice from their accountants.
The BDA's chair of General Dental Practice Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen said: “This tender feels like a race to the bottom, and providers will have to go through much soul searching before choosing to take part. We are telling our members to speak to their accountants. It is not a message we take any pleasure in delivering, but the fact is that not bidding for tenders may be the better option for many.
“We do not feel that dedicated health professionals should be asked to choose between the devil and the deep blue sea. And our patients, particularly those in rural areas, should not risk losing their regular orthodontist and driving huge distances to secure access. These savage cuts may well impact on practices, personnel and our patients to an unacceptable extent. It simply won't be in many providers’ interests to bid when conditions set will mean they take up to a 30% hit in pay.”
This topic is being discussed on GDPUK forum at https://www.gdpuk.com/forum/gdpuk-forum/orthodontic-procurement-25319