New NHS contract allows some dentists to earn more than £300,000 a year

A new controversial NHS contract has allowed almost 400 dentists to earn more than £300,000 a year, according to the Daily Mail.

Figures from the NHS Information Centre revealed that almost 1,200 NHS dentists now earn more than £200,000, while the average salary is £89,000.

The contract was designed to improve access to health service dentistry, though the article adds that patients are still having trouble getting access to a dentist on the NHS.

The report also claims that the quality of work in the dentistry profession is going down, because the contract gives dentists incentives to extract teeth rather than do preventive work.

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