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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 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.

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.