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Top Dublin clinical negligence expert to lead expansion of Dental Protection in Ireland

24 February 2020

Dental Protection has announced that its members in Ireland will soon benefit from a more local service, which will see cases and clinical negligence claims handled within the country, and clinical negligence expert Tom Hayes appointed to head up the expansion.

In 2019 alone, Medical Protection Society opened more than 1,800 dental and medical cases in Ireland – ranging from complaints, through to more complex issues such as claims of clinical negligence and regulatory matters.

With additional services soon to be available in Ireland, Dental Protection’s support for members will be geographically more accessible than ever before. The move will enable Dental Protection to better understand and address the concerns of members in Ireland, and will also provide it with greater clarity on the risks and trends faced by practitioners.

Announced as Head of Service Delivery in Ireland, Tom Hayes will join on 2 March with a remit to manage the delivery of the new services and a plan to have the office – which is likely to be situated just outside central Dublin – fully operational in the next 12-18 months.

Tom has an extensive background in medical law and malpractice. Since 2007, he has been based in Dublin working for Matheson where he established their healthcare services. During his tenure with Matheson, he headed up the 140-strong litigation department and was the senior partner for Medical Protection Society (MPS) work. Prior to this, Tom practised clinical malpractice law in London where he was a partner at Capsticks.

Tom Hayes, commented: “Having worked alongside MPS legal teams in Ireland for many years, the opportunity to move across at a time of exciting progress and evolution was too good to turn down. The quality of service from the UK office has never been in doubt, but by providing cases and claims handling support in-country we will be able to improve the experience for members even further.”

Raj Rattan, Dental Director at Dental Protection, added: “Getting closer to members wherever they are in the world is a key part of our strategy, which is designed to ensure we are best placed to meet the increasingly diverse range of issues faced by dentists. We are thrilled to appoint someone of the calibre of Tom, and members in Ireland are going to benefit enormously from the many years of experience he has gained in the healthcare legal field.”


Notes to editor

For further information contact: Patricia Canedo at E: or T:+44(0)207 640 5183, M: +44 (0) 7428809794

About Dental Protection

Dental Protection is a registered trademark and a trading name of The Medical Protection Society Limited (“MPS”). MPS is the world’s leading protection organisation for doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals. Dental Protection protects and supports the professional interests of over 68,000 members worldwide and over 2,800 members in Ireland. Membership provides access to expert advice and support together with the right to request indemnity for complaints or claims arising from professional practice.

Our in-house experts assist with the wide range of legal and ethical problems that arise from professional practice. This can include clinical negligence claims, complaints, medical and dental council inquiries, legal and ethical dilemmas, disciplinary procedures, inquests and fatal accident inquiries.

Our philosophy is to support safe practice in medicine and dentistry by helping to avert problems in the first place. We do this by promoting risk management through our workshops, E-learning, clinical risk assessments, publications, conferences, lectures and presentations.

MPS is not an insurance company. All the benefits of membership of MPS are discretionary as set out in the Memorandum and Articles of Association.

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