The Current Position

11 April 2012


In order to practise dentistry in the UK, all dental care professionals in the UK must be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC). However currently, and perhaps surprisingly, there is no legal requirement in the UK for registered individuals to obtain professional liability insurance or professional indemnity cover in respect of their dental practice.


Instead the GDC relies upon the dental professionals’ own adherence to professional ethical standards. However unfortunately there are currently no pre-registration checks made by the GDC to find out whether or not dental professionals actually have liability insurance cover or indemnity cover of any type, nor is there any information made available to dental patients as to the existence of insurance or indemnity cover in respect of a particular dental professional’s practice…


Furthermore even when a dental professional has insurance, the insurer of that dentist will withhold all information regarding the insurance cover and then may decline to assist if a dental patient makes a claim. This is simply unacceptable and is why the Bridge The Gap campaign needs your support to end the unfairness.


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