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LONDON, UK: The Dental Defence Union (DDU) has launched a free associate contract checking and advice service as part of its standard membership package. The service, which is designed to help associates and principals alike, will assist dental professionals with concerns about various elements of their contracts.
The DDU, the specialist dental division of the Medical Defence Union, has announced that the service will include:
- free advice on wording associate agreements from dento-legal experts;
- free checks on contracts against best practice guidelines;
- free access to a model contract, developed with specialist dental lawyers; and
- competitive rates negotiated for DDU members who wish to take a contract dispute further and need specific legal advice.
“DDU members have been raising a growing range of issues arising from contractual issues and associate agreements in particular,” said Dr John Makin, head of the DDU.
“The DDU regularly supports members with General Dental Council cases which began as disputes between dental professionals and unfortunately the number of such cases is increasing. By extending our expert advice and support to cover a wider range of factors, we aim to stop contractual friction leading to more complex problems,” he continued.
“Over the last three years we’ve supported over 99.5% of requests for assistance, leading to thousands of dental professionals receiving support. We are pleased to be able to add another important service, giving members all the professional support they need,” Makin concluded.
DDU members with contractual queries can access the new service by calling the DDU’s dento-legal advice line on 0800 374 626.