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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 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.