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Be vigilant with patient records on home visits warns the DDU

10 October 2011

Dental professionals should be extra vigilant and take additional security measures to protect patient data when outside the standard practice setting, warns the Dental Defence Union (DDU), the specialist dental division of the MDU.

DDU demonstrates GDC success for members in 2010

25 August 2011

In 2010, more than 85% of DDU members, assisted by in-house lawyers, avoided referral to a fitness to practise hearing in relation to a GDC complaint. This may be one reason why membership of the MDU (the DDU’s parent organisation) rose to 202,000 in 2011, for the first time in the organisation’s history.

DDU expands advice team as calls to helpline continue to increase

18 May 2011

The Dental Defence Union (DDU), the specialist dental division of the MDU, has further expanded its team of dento-legal advisers who are on hand to help dental professional members with the dilemmas they face in day-to-day practice.

DDU warns dental professionals to be cautious over cautions

28 April 2011

Dental professionals who find themselves in trouble with the law should consider the implications to their professional career fully before accepting a caution, warns the DDU.

MDU welcomes plans to reform legal costs 'in no win no fee' cases

30 March 2011

The announcement by Justice Secretary Ken Clarke that the Government intends to reform the civil justice system, and in particular conditional fee agreements (CFA) also known as ‘no win no fee agreements’ which have led to excessive and disproportionate legal costs*, has been warmly welcomed by the Medical Defence Union.

Welsh dentists must prepare for new complaints scheme

11 March 2011

NHS primary care dentists in Wales need to appoint a ‘senior investigations manager’ to investigate patient concerns under a new complaints and redress scheme, some of which is due to come into effect on 1 April this year.

Proposed changes to civil claims funding will be fairer for all says DDU

23 February 2011

The Dental Defence Union (DDU), says that civil litigation costs need to be controlled to make the civil justice system fairer to defendant dentists, but this will not mean patients are unable to seek compensation through the courts.

DDU advises dental practices to make data protection a priority in 2011

13 January 2011

The Dental Defence Union (DDU) is reminding dental practices to regularly review and enforce their data protection policies after the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) issued the first fines to organisations breaching the Data Protection Act and warned that the loss of NHS data was the most commonly reported.

DDU expresses concerns over GDCs revalidation proposals

5 January 2011

The GDC needs to provide greater detail about the cost and fairness of its revalidation proposals for dentists says the DDU today.

MDU corporate members get free employment advice

4 January 2011

The Medical Defence Union, the UK’s largest medical defence organisation, is extending its free employment advice helpline to its medical and dental corporate members, providing immediate guidance on all aspects of employment law.