On 5th July 2018 we wished the NHS a happy 70th birthday. However, rather than rejoicing many are concerned at what can be done to save an NHS clearly in trouble.
In March 2018 the BDA criticised the increase in NHS dental charges, estimating ‘patients will be contributing a full third of England’s NHS dental budget by 2020’. The increase also meant that 11,000 patients choose to...Read More
In recent years the courts have been awash with cases in respect of worker status. With the rise of the gig economy, companies are taking advantage of those who want a more flexible way to work by offering ‘self-employed’ contracts. But is this being done at the expense of basic employment rights?
It is often the most vulnerable that are affected by the imbalance of power in such...Read More
On 25th May 2018 all ‘public authorities and bodies’ will need to appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO) in order to meet the requirements of GDPR. This means that any dental practice with an NHS contract must have a DPO in place.
A number of professional bodies have been lobbying Parliament in an attempt to have dental practices excluded from this requirement, due to the huge burden it...Read More
On the 20th April 2017 HMRC updated their ‘Internal Status Manual’ regarding the employment status of dentists. This made clear that where dentists are practicing as associates in premises owned and run by another dentist and are subject to a BDA or DPA approved associate contract, and the terms are followed, then the associates income will be assessed under ‘trading income rules’ and not as...Read More
In 2014, Facebook invited its users to complete a personality type quiz. It was designed not only to obtain the data of the individual completing the quiz but also their friends’ data. Facebook has since changed companies’ abilities to obtain information this way.
Christopher Wylie, who worked with Cambridge Analytica, alleges that the data of some 50 million users, mainly in the US, was taken...Read More
MacDonald Hotel, London Rd, Manchester M1 2PG – 10th May 2018: 10am – 5pm
The clock is ticking for GDPR compliance. Is your dental practice ready? Do you understand your new obligations under GDPR?
Our one day workshops will give you the tools you need to understand the regulations, together with the guidance and documentation to implement the changes that your dental practice...Read More
Fitness to practice proceedings are extremely stressful for any medical professional. Perhaps this is best evidenced by the report prepared by the GMC in 2014. It found that between 2005 and 2013, 114 doctors died during fitness to practice proceedings, of these, 28 died of suicide or suspected suicide. The GDC do not record similar statics. This is a conscious decision on their part. In...Read More
As a dynamic and developing law firm, JFH Law is seeking to recruit a newly qualified up to 5 yr PQE commercial and civil litigation solicitor to join our civil litigation department.
The successful candidate will join our team working from our Camden office, London. This is an excellent opportunity for a solicitor to take over a diverse existing caseload including contract disputes,...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 64
On 29th November 2017, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) handed down its decision in the case of King v Sash Windows. It is another case in a long line on holiday pay and has opened the flood gates for workers to claim unpaid holiday dating back years.
Why is this relevant to dental practices?
At present most associates are working under a...Read More
In last month’s e alert we looked at how to set up a limited company. Once this has been done, it is necessary to ensure that the team leading the company understand their obligations and comply with their legal duties. Here we look at the definition of a director, their duties and the consequences of breaching those duties.
Who is a company director?
Before looking at a company...Read More