Check before you agree to clawback says NASDAL

Some dentists may be tempted to return the exact amount of clawback demanded by their Primary Care Trust (PCT). But National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers (NASDAL) member Johnny Minford strongly advises all dentists to check before they pay.

The National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers (NASDAL) was formerly known as NASDA, but changed its name to reflect the increasing number of lawyers who are members.

Johnny estimates that clawback will have affected many dentists who have underperformed against their NHS contracts over the last few years, often for reasons outside their control. Very often, he explains, amounts of money owed will accumulate from one year to another, the running balance being carried forward over several years.

He said: “We are experiencing a number of cases where these rolling clawbacks are being miscalculated this year – and not generally in the dentist’s favour. “

“It seems that the problems are arising due to the re-forming of the PCT areas, and occur when individual files are not transferred in their entirety from one location to another. Clawback payments which you may already have made, or negotiated away, are therefore being left out of the equation, with the result that the total clawback now being requested may be more than it should be.”

He continued: “Many dentists still have blind faith in the data produced by the PCT and pay up, but in some cases such as this, this faith is not always well-founded. There’s nothing sinister going on – just incomplete information – but it will be you, the dentist, who will pay.


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