Dentists indemnity costs cut as COVID-19 forces shutdown

MDDUS automatically reduces subscription costs for dental members in light of COVID-19

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release: Thursday, 26 March 2020

Dental defence organisation MDDUS is today automatically reducing the subscription cost of indemnity cover for its dental members by as much as 75%.

MDDUS is using the flexibility of its mutual status to reduce the financial burden on its members now the Government has halted all but emergency dental treatment. Dentists across the UK will no longer carry out routine care in a move that aims to help halt the spread of COVID-19.

Chris Kenny, CEO of MDDUS, said: “This is a difficult and uncertain time for dentists. The impact of the coronavirus on the dental profession is unprecedented and will be causing worries and concerns – both practical and financial – across the board.

“From a financial perspective, MDDUS is acting decisively in the interests of our members.

“We are able to use our discretion as a mutual to make swift decisions in our members’ benefit at this testing time in a way that insurance providers cannot.”

Aubrey Craig, Head of MDDUS Dental Division explained: “We are automatically reducing subscriptions for all General Dental Practitioner members, currently working more than one session per week, to our lowest sessional rate.

“If our dental members are redeployed to work in support of NHS staff in hospitals/local urgent treatment centres specifically on the response to COVID-19, we will apply a further reduction.”

MDDUS will adjust its dental members’ direct debits automatically from 21 March for three months in the first instance, but maintain protection for claims from remote or emergency working and from regulatory actions in relation to both personal and professional conduct.

Dental hygienists and dental and orthodontic therapists will retain their full membership at no cost for the same period.

MDDUS has COVID-19 resources in place on our website and will post and keep FAQs updated.

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For further information contact Alison Hardie on 07501 421398, or email ahardie@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. For further information on MDDUS go to www.mddus.com.