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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.

Dental professionals under increasing complaints pressure turn to DDU in greater numbers

10 August 2015

It has never been easier for patients to make claims and complaints against healthcare professionals, leading to a deluge in cases and putting enormous stress on dental professionals, the Dental Defence Union (DDU) said today.

Dento-legal climate worsening says DDU

7 July 2015

Dental professionals are facing a deluge of complaints and claims due to rising patient expectations and shortcomings with the current regulatory and legal structure, said the Dental Defence Union (DDU) today.

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DDU welcomes proposals to cap legal fees on clinical negligence claims

30 June 2015

The Dental Defence Union has welcomed moves to make legal fees in clinical negligence cases more affordable and proportionate

Claims for dental implants rise by 41 per cent

22 June 2015

Claims against dental professionals for dental implants are on the rise, with a 41% increase for the period from 2009-2013 in comparison to the previous five years.

Dental defence body calls on government to make urgent legal reform

8 June 2015

A dental defence body is calling upon the health minister to make urgent legal reform which would allow the General Dental Council (GDC) to make essential changes to the current outdated Fitness to Practise (FTP) Procedures.

DDU offers top tips on promoting your practice event

11 May 2015

With National Smile Month just around the corner, the Dental Defence Union (DDU) has published five top tips to help dental professionals ensure their events go without a hitch.

Dental professionals must warn patients about material risks, DDU advises

31 March 2015

The Dental Defence Union (DDU) is warning dental professionals that they must ensure patients are aware of material risks and of any reasonable alternative treatments when obtaining consent, after a recent Supreme Court ruling.