We note the BDA’s recent advice entitled; “Associate pay in England during pandemic”, which states as follows:
“Legal advice on whether Associates may have a direct claim
We have sought legal advice as to whether associates may have a direct claim against practice owners. The short answer is that associates are unlikely to have a claim directly against practice owners in respect of NHS...Read More
In the past week the CQC appear to have been on something of a charm offensive. We’ve seen John Milne, Senior National Professional Advisor, taking part in webinars on Facebook and meeting with the newly formed ‘British Association of Private Dentists’ (BAPD).
The CQC’s published analysis of a meeting that took place on the 19th June 2020 between the CQC and the BAPD is interesting to...Read More
The new flexible furlough scheme is coming into force on 1st July, accompanied by new government guidance and changes to the old one. Employers can now furlough employees on a part-time basis, meaning they can work for some days of the week and be furloughed for others. Employers will then be able to claim the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) grant for any hours not worked.
On 1st June 2020 the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced that it would be pursuing test cases against 17 different insurers in relation to the interpretation of the their business interruption insurance policy wording.
These 17 insurers have agreed to take part in the test cases and an agreement has been signed between the insurers and the FCA as to the conduct of the case....Read More
On Wednesday 3rd June we hosted a webinar to discuss the staffing issues that all dental practices need to be aware of when reopening their practices.
In this webinar we looked at;* How to notify staff about returning to work;* Managing furloughed staff and their return to work;* Can employees undertake training whilst on furlough?* Undertaking risk assessments;* Changing work...Read More
If the CQC aren’t stopping dentists, why are Insurers saying no?
“The decision to offer dental care services is one for the provider to take.”
This is the CQC’s “current position”.
However, they are still “encouraging” practitioners to give “proper consideration” to the CDO’s Letters of Preparedness, without giving any indication as to what “proper consideration” actually means. The...Read More
Sent to our mailing list on 19th May 2020.
Yesterday was a very eventful day.
The CrowdJustice fund raising page went live at 17:30hrs and by 09:00hrs this morning, had already reached £8,130 from 94 pledges; a clear indication of the strength of feeling in the profession.The page to donate is here.
The profession needs your support to take this important case forward. The initial target was...Read More
The CQC have responded to JFH Law’s request for clarification as to the legal basis for their instruction that all practices must stop offering routine or emergency dental care (save where no NHS run UDCC is available). Their response raises as many questions as it answers.The CQC have stated that they support “the government agenda of reducing the risks of COVID19 transmission...Read More
In this webinar we considered the following:
• What are the legal and regulatory considerations that private dentists should consider when returning to work?
• Are private dentists bound by the CDO for England and the current guidance from NHS Public Health?
• What part will the GDC play in a private dentist’s decision to return to work?
• Can the CQC take action against dentists...Read More
Following our recent article on business interruption insurance, we have produced this step by step guide on the claims process.
Notify your insurer
The first step is to notify your insurer immediately that you have a claim. Check the wording of your policy as this may set out a procedure and time limit for notification. You will need to ensure you follow that procedure to the letter,...Read More