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.
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 48
Since the Central London employment tribunal handed down its decision in the Uber case on 28th October 2016, the courts have been awash with claimants seeking to gain worker status. Pimlico Plumbers and CitySprint have both had judgments against them, and claims against Deliveroo, Amazon Logistics and Hermes are all in the pipe line.
But how is...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 47
With one week to go before the UK once again goes to the polls and a large number of voters still undecided on how to cast their vote, there is still a huge amount to play for in the General Election 2017. The handling of the NHS is critical to any party’s success, so we have scrutinised the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat’s offerings in the...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 46
Businesses, in the most part, are free to negotiate any terms they want when entering into a contract. The courts generally take the view that both parties will have an even bargaining power and will be able to state what terms they are willing to agree to.
However, this is not always the reality. Small dental practices often deal with large suppliers,...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 45
Generally speaking, there is no obligation on an employer to provide a reference. However, if you do choose to give one it must be true, accurate and fair. This duty is owed to both the recipient, new employer, and the subject of the reference, the ex-employee. This means you have to balance your duties to both when responding to reference requests. The...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 44
Just the mere mention of Fitness to Practice can strike fear into the heart of a dentist. Patients have become increasingly litigious and more likely to complain, even in the absence of good cause.
Unfortunately there are rarely any consequences for patients who make spurious complaints which are not upheld; however, the same cannot be said for the...Read More