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Government working party should tackle runaway legal costs, says DDU

15 February 2018

The Dental Defence Union (DDU) said today that the establishment of a Civil Justice Council working group to consider fixed legal costs in clinical negligence claims is a positive step in tackling runaway legal costs.

Give patients notice of plans to go private, DDU advises

23 January 2018

Dentists planning to leave the NHS and move to offering patients private treatment only are being given advice from the Dental Defence Union (DDU) about how best to communicate the decision to patients.

Free up healthcare regulators to do their job better, urges DDU

18 January 2018

The GDC and other regulators of healthcare professionals need to be given greater flexibility so they can become more efficient and responsive to the changing regulatory environment, the Dental Defence Union (DDU) said today.

DDU responds to GDC consultation on proposed change to case observations process

31 October 2017

The GDC is consulting on a proposed change to the way they seek observations from complainants in fitness to practise cases. The DDU has responded on behalf of members.

DDU advises dental professionals to be clear with patients about NHS fee exemption rules

16 October 2017

The Dental Defence Union (DDU) is warning dental professionals to ensure patients have read and understood the rules about NHS fee exemptions, to avoid misunderstandings and complaints.

Dental professionals get help with spotting periodontal disease from DDU and BSP

4 September 2017

Dental professionals are being given help with the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease in the form of a new e-learning module from the Dental Defence Union (DDU) and the British Society of Periodontology (BSP).

GDC investigations being resolved earlier with DDU support

11 August 2017

More dental professionals are turning to the Dental Defence Union (DDU) for support with patient complaints and GDC investigations but there has been an increase in GDC cases being resolved at an early stage, it was revealed today.

Proposals to cap legal costs do not go far enough – DDU

1 August 2017

Recommendations to establish a working party to examine fixing costs for clinical negligence claims valued at up to £25,000 do not go far enough to reduce the burden of litigation on the NHS, the Dental Defence Union (DDU) said today.

Clinical photos can pose risks to dentists and patients

3 July 2017

Technological advancements are not without risk, and this is particularly the case when using mobile devices to take clinical photographs, the Dental Defence Union (DDU) explained today.

Dental professionals in Scotland get legal protection when apologising, explains DDU

12 June 2017

On 19th June 2017, the complete Apologies (Scotland) Act 2016 comes into force in Scotland, providing legal protection for dental professionals when apologising to patients.

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