Proposed cap on dental legal costs 'do not go far enough', says DDU

Dental / Dental Practitioner News

The Dental Defence Union (DDU) has expressed disappointment with the government's new proposals for capping legal costs for clinical negligence claims.

Following Lord Justice Jackson's review of civil litigation costs, recommendations were made that a working party be established to examine the pros and cons of fixing costs for negligence claims valued at up to 25,000 pounds.

β€œThe Dental Defence Union has stated that new proposals to cap legal costs for clinical negligence claims do not go far enough.β€œ

The DDU said this will not be effective enough in reducing the number of legal claims affecting dentists and other NHS professionals, and to make claimants' legal costs more proportionate to the amount of compensation paid to patients.

Instead, it has called for fixed costs to be applied to all cases valued at up to 250,000 pounds, rather than only applying the measure to the lowest-value cases.

John Makin, head of the DDU, said: "The rising tide of litigation is having a dramatic effect on the dental profession and the NHS more widely. The current system makes no sense and creates too many perverse incentives; it needs root and branch reform."

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