On 13th August 2018 the Court of Appeal handed down its decision in the case of Dr Bawa-Garba v the General Medical Council. The GMC had successfully appealed against the decision of the original Medical Practitioners Tribunal not to erase Dr Bawa-Garba, but to suspend her from practicing for 12 months. The Court of Appeal upheld the original sanction, ruling that erasure was not appropriate...Read More
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