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Publication, Part of

General Dental Service Payment Report - 2005-06

Official statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
England, Wales
Geographical Granularity:
Date Range:
06 Apr 2005 to 05 Apr 2006


This report examines the changes in average gross fee income of General Dental Service (GDS) dentists in England and Wales up to 2005/06. The data presented are sourced from the Dental Practice Division (DPD) of the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) and relate to payments made to individual dentists for their GDS activities.

Key Facts

  • The average gross GDS income for dentists in the Dental Rates Study Group (DRSG) was 94,200 in 2005/06, 2.9 per cent lower than in 2004/05. The fall can be explained by changes to the age and gender composition of the workforce over the period, as well as the big shift to Personal Dental Services (PDS) in recent years.
  • The average gross GDS income of DRSG dentists, excluding those with the lowest earnings , in 2005/06 was 165,000, 6.9 per cent higher than in 2004/05, when the average was 154,300. The average net GDS income (after expenses) of such dentists was estimated to be around 76,500 in 2005/06 .
  • The proportion of dentists working in PDS in England and Wales had risen to 30 per cent by the end of 2005/06. Previous analyses have shown that dentists that moved to PDS were more committed to GDS (ie had higher average GDS income) than those that remained in GDS.


  1. DRSG - the population of dentists who were studied. For a definition of this population see Methodology: paragraph 2.1
  2. PDS dentists work under different contract arrangements to GDS dentists.
  3. Average gross GDS income includes commitment payments and other top slice elements.
  4. 'Lowest earnings' refers to those dentists with gross GDS income of less than 62,200 in 2005/06.
  5. Average net GDS income is estimated by applying the 2004/05 expenses ratio for non-associate dentists with a high commitment to the NHS to the average gross GDS income.


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