30 November 2012
Ayrshire dentist struck off for serious breaches of conduct
A dentist based in Auchinleck in Ayrshire has been struck off by the General Dental Council (GDC) following a public hearing into allegations that he provided a poor standard of care to patients.
The allegations heard by the GDC’s Professional Conduct Committee are in connection with incidents that occurred between 1986 and 2011 when Stuart Lennox Craig (Registration No. 57889) was practising at 29 Sorn Road, Auchinleck, Ayrshire.
The case involved 34 patients and the Committee found that, among other things, Mr Craig had:
• Provided fillings when there was insufficient clinical justification in relation to 16 patients;
• Inappropriately provided crowns for 5 patients;
• Prescribed three-monthly scale and polishes for 19 patients when it was not clinically justified;
• Failed to provide a good standard of care or treatment for 16 patients;
• Put his own financial interests first for 30 patients.
A significant fact underpinning the Committee’s findings in this case is that serious shortcomings were found in the radiographic evidence of 34 patients whose records were selected at random.
In the circumstances the Committee determined that the only appropriate and proportionate sanction to maintain the standards of the dental profession and public confidence in it, was that of erasure.
Mr Craig’s registration was immediately suspended and unless he exercises his right of appeal, his name will be erased from the register 28 days from today.
More details can be found on the GDC’s website www.gdc-uk.org
Notes to editors:
1. The General Dental Council is the UK’s dental regulator. Its role is to protect dental patients. It was set up by Parliament but is independent of the Government and the NHS. By law, dental professionals (both NHS and private) must be registered with the GDC to work in the UK. It regulates all dental professionals: clinical dental technicians; dental hygienists; dental nurses; dental technicians; dental therapists; dentists; and orthodontic therapists.