Industrial action guidance

The decision to hold industrial action is a matter for the British Dental Associated (BDA) and its members.

However, we believe it is important to provide guidance to dentists who may be considering taking industrial action and be clear about dentists’ responsibilities against GDC standards under these special circumstances.

Whilst dentists will not find themselves at risk of regulatory action simply by having exercised their right to take lawful industrial action, any dentist who decides to take industrial action must remain responsible for upholding the standards. Specifically, they must continue to put patients’ interests first. 

During periods of industrial action we have previously advised that dentists should treat their absence in the same way as other planned absence, taking steps to make sure that arrangements are in place for the care of their patients. This is still the case.

Also, dentists taking industrial action should not interfere or disrupt arrangements that their employer makes for patient care during their absence.

In addition, dentists are reminded of their obligations in the standards to treat colleagues fairly and with respect, in all situations, and to adhere to the GDC’s guidance on the use of social media at all times.​