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‘Worst dentist in Scotland’ is struck off

A dentist labelled the ‘worst in Scotland' has been struck off the register for misconduct.

Andrew Boyd, who practised in Troon, Ayshire, for 18 years, did not attend his hearing before the General Dental Council (GDC) last month, where his catalogue of charges included not examining patients properly, failing to take X-rays, and not recording treatment.

His treatment left one man looking ‘like the Elephant Man' and another patient spending £17,000 on private treatment to repair his damage. He advised one woman whose teeth were rotting to try a different toothpaste.

The GDC chairwoman, Marilyn Green, said: ‘He omitted to take proper care of his patients on a large number of occasions, and failed to provide the basic diagnosis and treatment of common oral disease which would be expected of a competent dental practitioner. This amounted to the supervised neglect of his patients.'

She added: ‘The committee has to protect the public and maintain its confidence in the profession.  Therefore the committee has decided that erasure from the Dentists' Register is the only appropriate and proportionate sanction in this case.'

Boyd worked at the Barassie Street Dental Practice between 1987 and 2005. His negligence came to light in 2006 when the NHS launched a £300,000 investigation into 900 cases following complaints from patients.

Craig McKay, 40, one of Mr Boyd's patients said he had been left looking like ‘the Elephant Man' when his face swelled up after he had a tooth filled. Mr McKay said that another dentist later advised him he should have received root canal treatment.

Margaret Watt, chairwoman of Scotland Patients' Association, said: ‘This dentist is the worst I've ever heard about in Scotland. It's shocking that it took so long for his behaviour to be exposed when he was very clearly endangering patients' lives.

‘Bad oral hygiene can cause all sorts of health problems especially if the patient has an underlying health condition such as a heart problem.'

 Posted on : Wed 1st - Jul - 2009

 

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