15 November 2012
Dentist in east London struck off for dishonesty
A dentist based in Newham in east London has been struck off by the General Dental Council (GDC) following a public hearing into allegations of dishonesty.
At all relevant times Femi Fajemisin (Registration No. 65409) was working as principal dentist at ‘Kindblue Dentalcare Practice’, 745 Romford Road, London E12 5AW.
The allegations heard by the GDC’s Professional Conduct Committee this week are in connection with claims made by Mr Fajemisin to the National Health Service (NHS) between 2005 and 2008.
The Committee found, among other things, that Mr Fajemisin had dishonestly:
• Submitted claims to the NHS for payment for dental treatment in the name of his wife, also a dentist, for treatment that he had provided himself.
• Made claims to the NHS against his annual allocation of units of dental activity for courses of treatment when no treatment had been provided.
• Made claims to the NHS against his annual allocation of units of dental activity when no examination of the patient had been carried out and the activity claimed for was the provision of a prescription for fluoride toothpaste.
The Committee said:
“Mr Fajemisin’s dishonest behaviour was deliberate, sustained and contravened fundamental principles of the dental profession. It is plain to the Committee that, in view of Mr Fajemisin’s past behaviour and in the absence of any evidence regarding his insight, his fitness to practise is currently impaired. Mr Fajemisin made a large number of fraudulent claims using different mechanisms during two different NHS charging regimes. He knowingly and deliberately defrauded a public body with limited resources. In the Committee’s view his behaviour is wholly incompatible with remaining on the dentists’ register.”
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, is that of erasure.
Mr Fajemisin’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 here.
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.