About the Campaign

The Bridge the Gap campaign has been launched to raise awareness of current loopholes in the law, which put dental patients at risk. At the moment there is no legal requirement in the UK for a dentist to have professional liability insurance to cover his patients if something goes wrong with the dental treatment which he provides. So a dentist can register with the General Dental Council to practise dentistry in the UK, but he does not have to demonstrate that he has made adequate insurance provision.

This means that some dentists practise in this country uninsured, and the problems only come to light when it is too late – after members of the public have been harmed and there is no-one, and no insurance, to pick up the tab.

In addition, when a dentist harms a patient, even if that dentist has paid for the right insurance cover, it is left up to the dentist to co-operate with the insurer in order to get compensation for the injured patient. If the dentist decides not to co-operate with his insurer, then the insurers often choose not to help the patient directly. Together we can change the law to ensure access to justice for dental patients - join us today by signing our petition.

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In order to practise dentistry in the UK, all dental care professionals in the UK must be registered with the...
We support a change in the law to establish that dental professionals must have professional liability insurance or indemnity cover...