MDDUS dental membership continues to rise

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release: Thursday, 12 July 2018

Dental defence organisation MDDUS is reporting yet another year of growth with dental membership increasing by 30% in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2017.

MDDUS now has more than 7,000 dental members and a fifth of the UK market share, while Scottish membership increased by 3.8% to maintain two-thirds of the market share.

Figures from the MDDUS Annual Report 2017 reveal a year-on-year increase of 13.7% in total membership. This upward trend has continued in 2018 with active membership at the end of June standing at over 47,000.

MDDUS head of dental division Aubrey Craig said:

“MDDUS continues to offer personalised, rapid and flexible service in dento-legal advisory work, support for members in legal proceedings and day-to-day handling of subscriptions and queries.

“Increasing numbers of dentists are putting their trust in our professionalism, responsiveness and value in an increasingly tough environment where claims and GDC referrals continue to rise.

“Over the past year, our team has successfully maintained the registration of 100% of members engaged with the GDC relating to fitness to practise issues, where the member has requested support and assistance, in matters relating to the practice of dentistry. We’ve also ensured that a far greater number of complaints, do not progress to a FtP hearing.

“As well as advice and support to members, our dental team engages with the GDC in various stakeholder and workshop events, providing valuable input and learning. Bespoke CPD is also provided to individual dental practices.”

MDDUS chief executive Chris Kenny added:

“Our membership growth has shown no signs of letting up and we now offer our long-established, world-class indemnity and non-claims services to more people than ever before and across a wider range of professions.

“We continue to excel in both our claims and regulatory work, rebutting the often mistaken and sometimes malicious claims faced by our members. When members do make an honest mistake, we help put things right quickly and with minimum fuss.

“I was honoured to become a member of the Board of the Association of Financial Mutuals in the course of year. Our membership of the AFM means that we are the only UK medical defence organisation that reports audited results against an external governance code.”

MDDUS’ annual report for 2017 can be found here.

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For further information contact Richard Hendry on 0333 0434444 or 07976 272266, or email rihendry@mddus.com.

Note to editors

MDDUS (The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland) is a medical and dental defence organisation providing access to professional indemnity and expert medico- and dento-legal advice for doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals throughout the UK.