Press releases

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.

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.

Online patient reviews significantly changing the way dentists interact with patients DDU survey

9 May 2017

Dental professionals are becoming increasingly concerned by negative reviews published on online ratings sites according to new research published by the Dental Defence Union (DDU).

Fix legal fees to help protect dental professionals from adverse compensation culture, DDU says

2 May 2017

The Dental Defence Union (DDU) is calling on the government to introduce mandatory fixed limits on legal fees charged by lawyers in dental negligence claims and proposing that the scope of the scheme should be far broader than initially suggested.

GDC must stay within its remit when refocusing its approach to regulation, says DDU

27 April 2017

The DDU welcomes the GDC's stated intent to make regulation fairer for dental professionals, but says care must be taken to make sure the regulator's remit is understood and adhered to.

DDU sees GDC's new focus as move in right direction

26 January 2017

The Dental Defence Union (DDU) welcomes today's announcement by the GDC that it plans to change its focus towards prevention.