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Few dental professionals report barriers to raising concerns - DDU survey finds

2 December 2013

Few dental professionals have faced barriers to raising concerns and the majority who had reported problems said the matter had been dealt with to their satisfaction, according to a recent Dental Defence Union (DDU) survey of members.*

DDU issues advice on avoiding oral cancer misdiagnosis

12 November 2013

The Dental Defence Union (DDU) is reminding dental professionals of the need to keep their skills and knowledge up to date to reduce the risk of delays in diagnosing oral cancer.

Most complaints arise from failure to meet patient expectations, says DDU

7 October 2013

Dental professionals are being advised to fully explore the expected outcomes and risks of a procedure with patients before beginning a course of treatment.

Rise in extraction error claims reports DDU

10 September 2013

Dental professionals should pause for thought before they pull out a patient’s tooth, the Dental Defence Union (DDU) warns today.

Dentists facing more complaints and claims turn to DDU for support

13 August 2013

Dental professionals are facing a harsh dento-legal climate in which they are increasingly subject to criticism, according to the Dental Defence Union (DDU).

DDU advises dental professionals to communicate clearly with patients to comply with new ethical rules

1 August 2013

Dental professionals are being advised by the Dental Defence Union (DDU) to ensure they clearly communicate with patients, introducing themselves, explaining what to expect from dental treatment and what the cost will be, in line with new ethical standards soon to be introduced.

DDU launches free employment advice service for dentists

25 April 2013

The Dental Defence Union (DDU) has today launched a free employment advice helpline for dental practice principals. They will be able to get advice on all aspects of employment law by phoning the helpline, which is run in collaboration with Peninsula Business Services Ltd, a leading employment law and personnel consultancy.

Dentists advised on new duty of candour by DDU

23 April 2013

Hospital dentists need to be aware of what is required of them in their organisation’s compliance with the new contractual duty of candour, the Dental Defence Union (DDU) said today. The duty came into effect in all new contracts for provision of NHS healthcare from 1 April 2013.

Dentists pay a high price for complaints about fees says DDU

5 April 2013

The Dental Defence Union (DDU) today issued advice to dental professionals to help them avoid complaints about dental fees, a common factor in many of the cases reported by DDU members.

Get patient consent before storing records in 'data clouds' DDU advises

12 February 2013

The Dental Defence Union (DDU) is advising dental professionals thinking of storing their patient records on virtual servers that individual consent from patients may be needed.