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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.

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.