Preston dental nurse struck off by the General Dental Council

Linton Street Dental Surgery in Plungington, Preston
Linton Street Dental Surgery in Plungington, Preston
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  • Dental nurse avoided jail after stealing thousands of pounds from a Preston dental practice
  • Raesha Bapu received an eight-week sentence, suspended for 12 months, and 150 hours unpaid work
  • She has now been struck off following a hearing by the General Dental Council
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A dental nurse and receptionist who avoided jail after admitting stealing from her employer has now been struck off by the General Dental Council.

Raesha Bapu, 27, of St Paul’s Road, Deepdale, Preston, was the subject of a hearing into allegations of misconduct by the dental board following her conviction in April.

She risked creating a situation where patients could have been accused of not paying for their treatment and thereby put them at risk.

The Evening Post previously reported that Bapu received an eight-week sentence, suspended for 12 months, and must do 150 hours unpaid work.

She was also ordered to pay compensation of £3,851 compensation to her former employers, Linton Street Dental Surgery in Plungington, and must undertake 12 months supervision.

Bapu had admitted six counts of theft by an employee at an earlier hearing at Preston Magistrates’ Court, where she also had 28 similar offences taken into consideration.

She did not attend the General Dental Council’s professional conduct committee and related to her failing to immediately inform the General Dental Council of her conviction.

The GDC’s Professional Conduct Committee said: “Ms Bapu’s dishonesty related directly to her practice as a dental nurse.

“She risked creating a situation where patients could have been accused of not paying for their treatment and thereby put them at risk. She also put the wider public in danger by her dishonest failure to keep the GDC informed of the actions that were being taken against her.

“Ms Bapu breached a fundamental tenet of the profession and her behaviour struck at the heart of the patient/practitioner relationship. Ms Bapu has demonstrated no insight into this and has given the Committee no assurance that she would not repeat her behaviour.”

She was dismissed from her position at Linton Street Dental Practice in Preston, after working there several years.

The thefts spanned a period between January 2013 and January 2014.

The owners of the company noticed after advice from their bookkeeper that thousands of pounds was missing.