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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 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.

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.