A Nottingham Dentist has been suspended from practising for 18 months by the General Dental Council (GDC) in August 2014 following allegations that he “put patients at risk by breaching safety standards at his Nottingham surgery”. Covert filming appeared to show that the Dentist failed to wash his hands and sterilise equipment between appointments and allegedly showed “multiple failures in cross-infection control standards”.
The Care Quality Commission inspected the practice in July 2014 and in its report highlighted concerns regarding the rooms used by the practice for storing equipment and staff allegedly not identifying the risks of items coming into contact with bodily fluids and taking no action to minimise the risks.
Health Officials have now launched a public appeal to trace every patient who has been treated by the Dentist during his 32-years of practice and asking former patients to undergo blood tests. This is believed to be one of the biggest patient recalls in British history and there is now concern that breaches of safety standards at the Dentist’s former clinic could span several decades.
Only about 3,500 of an estimated 22,000 patients have so far attended for blood tests and it is reported that only the 166 patients who were involved in the covert filming have been written to directly. This news will clearly create extra worry and on-going uncertainty to former patients.
All dentists are expected to provide clinically satisfactory treatment and to act with reasonable skill and care when doing so. If the dentist fails to do something or does something that they shouldn’t then they can be considered to be negligent.
Any former patients who are concerned and would wish to discuss their concerns further can speak to Robyn Hawxby or Barnaby Rosenthall at Pryers Solicitors on 0800 316 0166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an initial free advice on any legal redress by way of investigation, support or compensation that might be available.
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