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Suspension for dentist after hearing

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A dentist whose conduct was deemed to be ‘unprofessional and financially motivated’ has been struck off by the General Dental Council.

The allegations against Frank Michael Booth from Carnforth, were heard by the GDC’s Professional Conduct Committee (PCC).

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

During those times Mr Booth worked at The Walkers Court Dental Practice in Garstang, near Preston, The Grange Dental in Grange-Over-Sands in Cumbria and at Total Dental Care in Ambleside.

The charges he faced related to the treatment he provided to ‘Patient A’ who was aged between 83 and 91 years old over the period of time.

They included: failing to take necessary radiographs; failing to provide a written and detailed treatment plan; failing to offer appropriate refunds or adjustments for treatments, which was unprofessional and financially motivated; and, in relation to one charge, unprofessional, misleading and dishonest behaviour.

The GDC’s Professional Conduct Committee said: “The Committee takes a serious view of the totality of the findings against you.

“You provided no satisfactory explanation as to why you failed in so many aspects of Patient A’s care. 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.”

Unless Mr Booth, who was immediately suspended, exercises his right of appeal, his name will be struck off the register in 28 days’ time.

 

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