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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.

Dental care professionals reminded to check their indemnity by DDU

27 May 2016

The Dental Defence Union (DDU) is reminding dental care professionals that it is their responsibility to ensure they have access to indemnity in their own right or that appropriate arrangements are in place via their employer, as they renew their GDC registration.

DDU expands popular employment advice service for dentists

25 April 2016

Conduct issues are the number one reason for practice principals to ring the Dental Defence Union's (DDU's) employment advice helpline, the DDU explained today, as it expanded the service to further support dentists.

Hundred thousand pound dental compensation claims quadruple

11 April 2016

The number of claims against dental professionals exceeding one hundred thousand pounds in compensation and legal costs has quadrupled over the last decade, the Dental Defence Union (DDU) said today.

New head of legal services at the MDU

7 January 2016

The Medical Defence Union (MDU) has appointed a new head of legal services to oversee its team of solicitors.

Get on the patient's wavelength to avoid complaints - DDU advises

13 October 2015

Dental professionals should have an open and honest dialogue with patients about what can realistically be achieved by dental treatment to avoid mismatched expectations and resulting complaints, the Dental Defence Union (DDU) said today.

New advice on raising concerns will reassure dental professionals about speaking out

30 September 2015

New advice on raising concerns aims to help guide dental professionals on what steps to take if they think patients or colleagues might be at risk, the Dental Defence Union (DDU) said today.

All change at the top of the DDU

28 September 2015

Change is afoot at the Dental Defence Union (DDU), with both Rupert Hoppenbrouwers, head of the organisation, and his deputy, Bryan Harvey, set to step down at the end of this year.

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