3 December 2012
South East England dentist struck off for poor treatment
A dentist based in Vauxhall in London and Slough in Berkshire has been struck off by the General Dental Council (GDC) following a public hearing, which he did not attend, into allegations made about his treatment of six patients and his lack of professional indemnity cover.
The allegations heard by the GDC’s Professional Conduct Committee are in connection with incidents that occurred between 2009 and 2011 when Michael Boniface (Registration No. 84898) was practising at Riverside Dental Spa, 5B Hamilton House, St George Wharf, Vauxhall SW8 2LE (the Practice) and Cippenham Dental Centre, 100 Weekes Drive, Slough, SL1 2YP.
The Committee found that, among other things, Mr Boniface had:
• Not obtained informed consent from patients, as he failed to adequately explain to them the prospects of success, alternatives to and risks of, their treatment;
• Carried out inappropriate dental treatment which could not have succeeded;
• Failed to ensure that adequate arrangements were in place for the completion of the treatment of four of the patients when he left the Practice;
• Failed to respond adequately to one patient’s complaint and;
• Provided dental advice and treatment to patients when not in possession of professional indemnity cover.
The Committee said:
“There were wide ranging failings in Mr Boniface’s treatment of the six patients involved in this case, some of which related to basic areas of clinical practice.
Mr Boniface clearly put his own interests before those of his patients by continuing to practise at times when he knew he did not have professional indemnity cover.”
In all the circumstances the Committee determined that the only appropriate and proportionate sanction was to erase Mr Boniface’s name from the Dentists Register.
Mr Boniface’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.
2. All GDC registrants are required to make sure there are adequate and appropriate indemnity and/or insurance arrangements in place so that patients can claim any compensation they may be entitled to.
Read more details here.