On 22nd July 2021 the Government passed legislation that will make it compulsory for care home workers to be vaccinated as from 22nd November 2021.
Given the low take up of the vaccine amongst care home staff; the risk COVID poses to the vulnerable; and the impending flu season; the Government are clearly eager to take action to protect those most at risk from Covid-19.
However, this...Read More
The recent spate of legal claims by patients against dental practices, as opposed to individual dentists, heralds a change in approach by the law firms that typically represent disgruntled patients, seeking compensation.
The High Court handed down a judgement yesterday in the case of Hughes v Rattan. This case confirmed that a dental practice owed an independent, non-delegable duty of care...Read More
The menopause: despite it affecting half of our population at some point in their lives it is rarely talked about, especially in the work place. However, for 1 in 4 women the effects of the menopause can be debilitating at times. As an employer, you have various duties including making adjustments for those with a disability and adhering to health and safety legislation.
Given the issues...Read More
There has been some concern across the profession that overseas dentists are registering as Dental Care Professionals with limited scrutiny from the GDC. In this article we consider what are the requirements for registering as a DCP, and is the GDC’s application process sufficient to protect practices and the public from those not qualified to practice?
It is correct that those who have...Read More
In January 2021 the Supreme Court’s judgment in respect of business interruption insurance was a lifeline to many business across the country. However, as part of those test cases, the court was not asked to consider clauses where infectious diseases were defined. This left many still having to battle with insurers for a pay-out.
A recent decision in the High Court has clarified the...Read More
On 19th April 2021 Cardiff county court handed down its decision in Breakingbury v Croad. The dental community was naturally concerned about how this case would affect them, and in particular whether it would affect the employment status of associates.
This case has not changed the legal parameters in which you work in any way. However, the recent Uber decision might have.