DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 58
There is no automatic right under the NHS dental contract to change the dental Provider on it, even if there is no other change to the way in which the services are being delivered and the Provider is the same in all but name. In fact there is a risk if you seek to change the named Provider this will be considered a material change and the contract will...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 57
In the case of Ivey v Genting Casinos (UK) LTD t/a Crockfords the Supreme Court effectively re-wrote the test for dishonesty. It removed the second, subjective limb of the current test. This has a significant impact, as it has resulted in one single standard dishonesty test across civil, criminal and regulatory cases.
This decision will have huge...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 56
The BDA’s Evidence to the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration for 2017/18 found that 51% of the dental profession would not recommend a career in dentistry. The same report found that both practice owners and associates considered their morale to be ‘low’ or ‘very low’ at 29 per cent and 32 per cent respectively.
In response the BDA is...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 55
The case of Kirschner v General Dental Council EWHC 1377 (Admin) considered the appropriate test for dishonesty in professional regulatory matters.
Ms Kirschner was a Polish qualified dentist. She came to the UK from Poland in 2005 and worked as a GDP. Between 2010 and 2012 she was subject to a PCT review as concerns were raised regarding her...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 54
From 1st April 2015 the CQC introduced a new inspection regime for dental care providers. We explained the reasons for this in issue 9 of dental bulletin. Here we go into more detail in respect of the 5 key questions that are so important in every inspection.
The 5 key questions
The CQC will ask whether your practice is:
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 53
In this article we set out the key obligations placed on an employer for its pregnant employees so you can you understand your duties to them. You can offer more than the statutory requirements we have set out, and by having greater benefits you are likely to attract and retain better staff. However, you cannot offer less than the statutory minimums...Read More
Dr Bates and Barclays Bank: case analysis
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 52
The question posed was whether an employer can be vicariously liable for sexual assaults perpetrated by an independent doctor?
Between 1968 and 1984 Dr Bates was engaged by Barclays Bank to carry out medical examinations on potential and existing employees of the bank. Barclays at that time were undergoing a...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 51
When you have put your heart and soul into working hard and have accumulated assets as a result (often of significant value), surely you want these to be left to people of your own choosing and not necessarily as prescribed by law.
With so much at stake, having a valid will is crucial. Those of you subscribed to discount offer websites will regularly get...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 50
Refusing to treat a patient
With so much regulation in place and a fear of patient complaints being escalated to the GDC, you may feel as if patients hold all the power. However, there are situations when you are entitled to refuse to treat a patient. Below are 6 legitimate reasons for refusing to provide treatment:
When a patient questions your...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 49
Principle 4 of the GDC outlines the standards expected of dentists in collecting and protecting a patient’s personal information. Confidentiality is central to the doctor/patient relationship, and there is a clear obligation upon all medical professionals to keep personal details, medical history, treatments and the costs associated with it private.