Press releases

DDU launches new dento-legal CPD case studies

6 December 2022

The Dental Defence Union (DDU) has launched a new series of dento-legal case studies to offer guidance and advice to members, as well as the chance to gain free verifiable continuing professional development (CPD) by passing the assessments.

DDU encourages dental professionals to get support early as complaints increase

28 November 2022

NHS figures show an increase in dental practice complaints.

Dentists advised by the DDU to proceed with caution if communicating with patients via private messaging apps

31 October 2022

The Dental Defence Union (DDU) has today issued guidance on the potential risks and pitfalls of communicating with patients via direct messaging apps.

DDU appoints new chairman and vice-chairman to support member interests

11 October 2022

The Dental Defence Union (DDU) today announced the appointment of Dr Simon Watkin and Mr Tom Norfolk as chairman and vice-chairman respectively to the DDU’s board of management.

DDU calls on government to make regulatory reform top priority

4 October 2022

We publish our dento-legal agenda to outline key healthcare priorities for the government.

DDU urges dental professionals to take steps to prevent GDC registration lapsing in error

15 September 2022

Consider setting up a reminder ahead of the GDC annual retention fee due date.

Delays in GDC cases have a human cost, DDU explains to body overseeing performance

9 August 2022

We urge the GDC to re-double efforts to improve its fitness to practise processes.

Disproportionate legal costs make case for reform, says DDU

4 August 2022

Legal costs in some lower value dental negligence claims exceed compensation paid to patients.

DDU raises concerns over delays to GDC reform

25 July 2022

The Dental Defence Union (DDU) says it is disappointed and frustrated by the news that the government is to once again delay long-promised plans to reform healthcare regulators.

Dental professionals caught up in complaints influx feel the strain, DDU warns

21 June 2022

The Dental Defence Union (DDU) has said the impact of the delays and disruption caused by the pandemic has resulted in new trends in dental complaints.