28 February 2013
London-based dentist struck off
A dentist has been struck off by the General Dental Council (GDC) following a public hearing into allegations of poor treatment and working without indemnity ¬or insurance
The allegations against Philippe Brunelle (Registration No. 81759) were heard by the GDC’s Professional Conduct Committee, and were in connection with his treatment of two patients at London practices between 2008 and ¬2011. In addition he faced allegations of failing to have indemnity or insurance in place during a number of periods between 2005 and 2012.
In relation to both patients, the Committee found that Mr Brunelle had:
• failed to provide adequate assessment, treatment and management of the patients’ orthodontic care; and
• failed to maintain adequate records.
In considering this case, the Committee noted:
“The findings against Mr Brunelle are serious and span a considerable period of time and that his management of both patients fell seriously below the standards expected of a specialist orthodontist.”
It was determined that Mr Brunelle breached a provision within the GDC’s ‘Standards for dental professionals’ to make sure his patients were able to claim any compensation they may be entitled to by making sure he was protected against claims at all times, including past periods of practice.
The Committee said:
“That a breach of the requirement for indemnity struck at the heart of the dental profession. Such behaviour could leave patients seriously disadvantaged. Mr Brunelle’s lack of indemnity was over three separate periods between 2005 and 2012, some lasting more than one year.
The Committee determined that Mr Brunelle’s behaviour damaged public confidence in dental professionals.”
In the circumstances the Committee concluded that the only appropriate and proportionate sanction is erasure.
Unless Mr Brunelle, who was immediately suspended, exercises his right of appeal, his name will be struck off the register in 28 days’ time.
More details can be found on the GDC’s website here.
Notes to editors:
1. Mr Brunelle worked at ‘The Dental Team’, 3A Harrington Road, Kensington, London SW7, 77 Harley Street Dental Practice, 1 Harley Street Dental Practice, New Kings Road Dental Practice, and French Dental Practice, 100 Harley Street.
2. 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.
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