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General election 2024: dental professionals call for wellbeing support in manifestos
A survey found that 96% of respondents wanted political parties to include plans for health and wellbeing support for the…
Dentistry
‘Significant risk to patients’: dental profession reacts to provisional registration plans
The profession has warned that plans for the provisional registration of overseas dentists poses ‘significant risk’ to patients – as…
Dentistry
Challenges and opportunities in the dental recovery plan
John Makin analyses the challenges and opportunities posed by recently announced changes to dental regulation and policy as a result…
Dentistry
Over one third of dental helpline callers are newly qualified dentists looking to leave
Over a third of calls to the Confidental helpline service come from dentists who have qualified in the last five…
Dentistry
How to make the most of your time at dental school
To celebrate the DDU’s new student hub, Professor Ewen McColl and Amy Sharp discuss the realities of dental school life…
Young Dentist
Round the clock dento-legal advice – reasons to join the DDU
Jo-Anne Taylor, dento-legal adviser at the Dental Defence Union (DDU), shares some reasons why young dentists should choose the DDU…
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How to deal with inappropriate patient behaviour
A DDU survey found that 11% of dental professionals had concerns about gifts given by patients, including Valentine’s cards and…
Dentistry
Calls for GDC to retain in-person hearings
Holding all GDC hearings remotely would disadvantage certain dental professionals undergoing a fitness to practise investigation, says the Dental Defence…
Dentistry
GDC’s failure to meet all standards of good regulation ‘not good enough’
Calls have been made for the General Dental Council (GDC) to take action to reduce the amount of time taken…
Dentistry
Catch up with this week’s dental news – 23 December 2023
It’s been a busy week for dental news. Missed it? Here’s what’s happened over the past seven days… GDC failed…
Dentistry
Nine in 10 dental professionals received gift from patient in last year, survey reveals
Patients are thanking dental professionals with chocolate, flowers and even homegrown vegetables, a new survey has revealed.  Over the past…
Dentistry
Calls for ‘common sense changes’ to CPD and registration in dentistry
Showing their support for Saving Grace, John Makin, head of the Dental Defence Union (DDU), and Tamsin Thomas, DDU solicitor,…
Dentistry
How much attention have you paid to the dental news this week? – 9 December 2023
It’s been a busy week for dental news. Missed it? Here’s what’s happened over the past seven days… The 2023…
Dentistry
Remove groundless complaints to protect mental health, DDU urges
Healthcare regulators must remove groundless complaints to restore faith in regulation and safeguard mental health, the Dental Defence Union (DDU)…
Dentistry
GDC reform should be a cross-party commitment in 2024, says John Makin
John Makin, head of the Dental Defence Union (DDU), discusses what needs to be done to reform dentistry in 2024.…
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Dentists urged to be clear when communicating fees to patients
Dental professionals should be clear when communicating dental charges and fees to patients, says the Dental Defence Union (DDU). This…
Dentistry
Dentistry sees increase in menopause support enquiries
Enquiries about supporting staff with menopause symptoms in the dental practice are increasing. The DDU explains the importance of addressing…
Dentistry
Your social media activity could sabotage your dental career
Your virtual life may feel distinct from your day-to-day practice – but you are accountable to the regulator for your…
Dentistry
Government introduces cap to control ‘disproportionate’ legal costs in clinical negligence claims
Dental indemnifiers have welcomed the news that the government will cap legal costs in lower value clinical negligence cases. This…
Dentistry
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