Dentist struck off for clinical failings and dishonesty

8 November 2012

Dentist struck off for clinical failings and dishonesty

A dentist based in Romford in north east London has been struck off by the General Dental Council following a public hearing into allegations of clinical failings and dishonesty.

Tariq Mushtaq (Registration No. 62619) whose registered address is 193 Rush Green Road, Romford RM7 0PX appeared before the GDC’s Professional Conduct Committee this week in connection with an incident that took place in November 2010.

The committee heard about a number of issues that occurred during treatment of ‘Patient A’ by Mr Mushtaq when he extracted a wisdom tooth.

Among the complaints found proved made against Mr Mushtaq were:

• He failed to obtain informed consent for the extraction of the tooth;

• He failed to exercise sufficient care during the course of the extraction, causing unnecessary tissue and nerve damage;

• He failed to ensure the anaesthetic injected was sufficiently effective before commencing and continuing treatment.

In addition Mr Mushtaq forged ‘Patient A’s’ signature, and made notes about the case which were inaccurate, deliberately false and dishonest.

The Committee said:

“Mr Mushtaq’s clinical failings are very serious, particularly considering the issue of informed consent, continuing to carry on treatment when it became difficult and consequently causing nerve and tissue damage which resulted in hospitalisation.

Dishonesty is a very serious matter in any person. In the case of a dentist, dishonesty is a betrayal of the trust which sits at the heart of the dentist/patient relationship. The public and profession have the right to trust in a dentist’s integrity.

These reasons, the clinical failings and dishonest nature of Mr Mushtaq’s behaviour, are sufficiently serious to constitute misconduct.”

The Committee considered that Mr Mushtaq’s dishonesty was extremely serious and had been maintained over a long period. It decided that in the public interest and to protect the reputation of the profession and to uphold proper standards, Mr Mushtaq’s registration should be immediately suspended. 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

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For media enquiries, please contact Moira Alderson on 020 7344 3726 or malderson@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.