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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to make urgent legal reform which would allow the General Dental Council (GDC) to make essential changes to the current outdated Fitness to Practise (FTP) Procedures.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.

DDU welcomes call for improvements to Ombudsman's complaint investigations

26 March 2015

The DDU said today that improving the way the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman investigates clinical complaints will benefit patients and dental professionals.

Dental professionals should not fund PSA

2 December 2014

Dental professionals should not fund the Professional Standards Authority through annual registration fees paid to the General Dental Council (GDC), the Dental Defence Union (DDU) has said.

Surge in claims against dental professionals following legal reforms

12 August 2014

Legal reforms aimed at reducing high claimant's legal costs have lead to an increase in claims against dental professionals, the Dental Defence Union (DDU) explained today.

DDU advises dental professionals on right to be forgotten online

16 July 2014

Dental professionals who have found themselves the subject of online criticism have asked the Dental Defence Union (DDU) for advice on the implications of the recent European court ruling on the right to be forgotten online.