Dentist struck off for poor record keeping

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A dentist has been struck off by the General Dental Council for poor record keeping and failing to offer refunds for treatment.

A public hearing into a number of allegations by the GDC’s Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) found that Frank Michael Booth “exploited his professional relationship” and “put his own financial interests before a patient’s clinical and financial intersts”.

The charges relate to a period of work between June 2003 and November 2011.

During those times Mr Booth, of Arnside, worked at The Walkers Court Dental Practice in Garstang, as well as at practices in Grange-Over-Sands and Ambleside.

The charges he faced included failing to take necessary radiographs, failing to provide a written and detailed treatment plan, failing to offer appropriate refunds or adjustments for treatments and unprofessional, misleading and dishonest behaviour.

The PCC said: “The committee takes a serious view of the totality of the findings against you. This includes your failure to provide an adequate standard of care to Patient A over a period of some eight years and your repeated breaches of the GDC’s standards. During that time you charged Patient A high fees for treatment, some of which were incomplete or failed.

“You did not accept responsibility, or offer appropriate refunds or adjustments for treatment such as root canals, replacement of a crown or two failed implants. Your conduct towards Patient A in this regard was both unprofessional and financially motivated.

“In the course of a period of eight years you exploited your professional relationship with Patient A and put your own financial interests before her clinical and financial interests.”

Mr Booth was immediately suspended, but has until June 18 to appeal the decision. The erasure lasts for a minimum of five years, after which he can apply to be reinstated.