What is multiple jeopardy?

Dental professionals might be subject to multiple investigations arising from a single clinical incident.

For example, what starts as a complaint could escalate to a disciplinary inquiry, as well as a further GDC complaint and even a negligence claim. We call this 'multiple jeopardy'.

DDU members can call on us for assistance with any investigation arising from their clinical care, and our dento-legal advisers can support and help to prepare statements, as well as arrange legal representation where needed.

See the video below for more information.

If you receive a complaint

It's important to act quickly and contact us as soon as you can to minimise the risk of an incident escalating.

Here's our quick guide on what to do and what you'll need to send us, as well as our guide on what to do if you receive a claim.

This page was correct at publication on 09/06/2022. Any guidance is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.