28 February 2013
Unregistered dental professional pleads guilty in court
The UK regulator of dental practice, the General Dental Council (GDC), has successfully prosecuted a man for the illegal use of the title ‘dental technician’.
By law all dentists, dental nurses, dental technicians, clinical dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental therapists and orthodontic therapists must be registered with the GDC to work in the UK. This is to ensure only appropriately qualified and skilled dental professionals are part of the dental team looking after patients.
On Thursday 28 February 2013 Mr Liam Sherry appeared at Maidstone Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to the offence of the illegal use of a title, contrary to sections 39(2B) and (3) of the Dentists Act.
It was found that between September 2011 and August 2012 he was using the title ‘dental technician’ when he was not registered with the GDC. He was operating a company by the name of LPS Prosthetics, 265 Tonbridge Road, Maidstone, Kent ME16 8ND.
Mr Sherry has been fined £650, ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and ordered to pay costs to the GDC of £550.
This case follows an earlier prosecution of Mr Sherry by the GDC in 2010. At that time he pleaded guilty to an offence of holding himself out as being prepared to practise dentistry; he was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay £1,000 in costs.
Patients can check their dental professional is registered by logging on to the GDC’s website www.gdc-uk.org.
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