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DDU highlights changes to NHS Scotland Complaints Handling Procedure

30 March 2017

From 1st April 2017, all NHS patient complaints in Scotland should be managed in accordance with the new NHS Scotland Complaints Handling Procedure.

Pressures of practice pushing dentists to the brink according to the Dental Defence Union

2 March 2017

The pressure of dental practice, including increasing patient demands, business worries and rising complaints and claims, is pushing some practitioners to the brink, the Dental Defence Union (DDU) has warned.

Caps on legal fees long overdue, says DDU

30 January 2017

Proposals to impose fixed limits on the fees charged by lawyers in lower value negligence claims were announced by the Department of Health today.

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.

Patients' gifts to dentists unwrapped by DDU

12 December 2016

Patients have given dental professionals a diverse range of gifts in the last year to show their appreciation, ranging from wine and chocolates to ornaments and handmade decorations, a Dental Defence Union (DDU) survey has revealed.

GDC moving in right direction but still has some way to go, says DDU

15 November 2016

The Annual Review of Performance GDC 2015/16 shows the regulator has improved its performance but still has some way to go when it comes to the fitness to practise process, says the Dental Defence Union (DDU).

DDU hopes new Case Examiners will have positive impact on GDC investigations

1 November 2016

The DDU welcomes today's news that GDC Case Examiners are now officially in post but will be vigilant in monitoring their impact on fitness to practise procedures.

Mandatory reporting of child abuse not the answer

17 October 2016

Registered dental professionals already have strict professional guidance that requires them to act on concerns about child abuse. The DDU says that introducing a legal duty for dental professionals to report and follow up reporting of child abuse is unnecessary, and may be to the detriment of children by introducing a delay.

DDU successfully defending more claims, annual report reveals

12 August 2016

Dentists are feeling the pressure from the current adversarial climate where complaints and claims are common, but the Dental Defence Union (DDU) revealed that it is defending more negligence claims successfully – with no compensation being paid in just under 60% of dental claims in 2015.

Dental professionals reminded of social media pitfalls

30 June 2016

Following the launch of revised ethical guidance on the use of social media by the GDC, the Dental Defence Union is reminding dental professionals about some of the pitfalls of using social media sites and professional networking forums.

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