Press releases

DDU introduces social media e-learning course

8 October 2018

The DDU has launched a new e-learning course to help dental professionals use social media ethically and effectively, without experiencing career-damaging pitfalls.

Make complaining easy for patients, advises DDU

25 September 2018

It should be easy for patients who are unhappy about some aspect of their treatment to raise this with their treating dental professional or practice, the DDU said today.

More work needed to control legal costs in compensation claims, says DDU

3 September 2018

Some claimant's lawyers are still recovering legal costs that far exceed the compensation their clients receive in clinical negligence cases, the Dental Defence Union (DDU) explained today, as it called for further curbs to disproportionate costs.

DDU supported members 11,000 times in 2017

9 August 2018

The Dental Defence Union (DDU) revealed it supported dental professional members with around 11,000 requests for advice and support in 2017, made up of over 3,000 new case files and 8,000 calls to its dento-legal advice line.

Patients may request amalgam fillings are replaced as new rules take effect, warns DDU

29 June 2018

Dental professionals are being advised by the Dental Defence Union (DDU) that they may be approached by patients wanting mercury amalgam fillings removed, following new rules which have just come into force to restrict the material’s use.

Dentists can make a vital contribution to dementia patients quality of life according to DDU

30 May 2018

Dental professionals have an important role in the well-being of patients’ who suffer from dementia, according to the Dental Defence Union (DDU), who release the latest edition of the DDU journal today.

Clearer guidance for Coroners should mean fewer manslaughter investigations, DDU says

28 March 2018

There should be clearer guidance for Coroners, the police and the Crown Prosecution Service to prevent dentists being needlessly put through a gross negligence manslaughter investigation, the Dental Defence Union (DDU) said today.

DDU reassured by Court of Appeal ruling that Ombudsman's decisions must be fair and just

20 March 2018

A recent Court of Appeal judgment has criticised the fairness and scope of the former Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s procedure for investigating clinical complaints against healthcare professionals.

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.