The Dentists’ regulator, the GDC, has issued guidelines which currently state that dentists are ethically required to have appropriate professional insurance or indemnity cover provided by a Defence Organisation. This cover is supposed to provide protection to dentists’ patients should the patients have the misfortune of suffering negligent dental treatment, and should allow patients to obtain adequate compensation for the harm they have suffered.
A leading dental negligence practise is warning former patients of disgraced Nottingham dentist, Desmond D’Mello, to beware of non-specialist law firms ‘touting for business’ following the recent news of malpractice at the surgery.
In a case of dental negligence that can only be described as shocking, a dentist in Nottingham has seemingly failed to take the most basic of precautions to prevent cross infection over a period of 32 years thus endangering the lives of thousands.
A leading dental negligence firm is calling for tighter monitoring of the quality of the work of NHS dentists after it discovered that the body responsible for assessing risk to NHS dental patients, the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) had examined just 160 dental patients last year (2012-13).
With the dramatic increase in the provision of cosmetic dentistry in the UK experts from the Bridge the Gap (BTG) campaign have submitted recommendations about cosmetic dental treatment to the Government’s current review of regulation of cosmetic intervention.