On 8 January 2020, Florentina Paul of London, pleaded guilty of unlawfully practising dentistry while suspended. Floretina Paul was sentenced to a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay over £2,500 in fines and legal costs by Stratford Magistrates’ Court.
Following complaints received in February and March 2016 from members of the public, our criminal enforcement team launched an investigation.
Jenny Stewart, Head of In-House Appeals and Criminal Enforcement at the General Dental Council (GDC) said: “Our primary purpose at the GDC is to protect the public from harm. Regardless of the qualifications an individual may have gained in the past, unless they are currently registered with the GDC, fully insured to practise and up to date with professional development requirements, they pose a real risk to the public. The GDC takes reports of illegal practice of dentistry very seriously and, where appropriate, will prosecute in the criminal courts.”
Under the Dentists Act of 1984 it is a criminal offence for a person who is not registered with the GDC to practise dentistry. Where there is sufficient evidence that unregistered individuals are practising dentistry, operating the business of dentistry or using protected titles, we will bring criminal prosecutions. For more information visit our website here.
If you suspect any cases of illegal practice, report it here.