Il­le­gal den­tist fined £12,000 for work­ing on pa­tients

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A MAN has been or­dered to pay £12,000 af­ter un­der­cover in­ves­ti­ga­tors found him il­le­gally practising den­tistry in Birm­ing­ham.

Has­nain Re­hem­tulla pleaded guilty to four counts of un­law­fully practising den­tistry at Birm­ing­ham Mag­is­trates’ Court on June 4.

The Gen­eral Den­tal Coun­cil (GDC) launched an un­der­cover in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Mr Re­hem­tulla, of Ay­man’s Pros­thet­ics in Coventry Road, Small Heath, fol­low­ing a com­plaint from a pa­tient in Oc­to­ber 2017. The pa­tient al­leged that the de­fen­dant, who was re­moved from the regis­ter of den­tal care pro­fes­sion­als af­ter fail­ing to pay the an­nual fee in 2013, had sold them ‘un­break­able den­tures’. The den­tures even­tu­ally caused a large ab­scess re­quir­ing strong an­tibi­otics to re­solve.

Un­der­cover GDC in­ves­ti­ga­tors vis­ited Ay­man’s Pros­thet­ics in Jan­uary 2018 where Mr Re­hem­tulla claimed to be a den­tal tech­ni­cian and in­di­cated he could pro­vide new den­tures.

The GDC said in a state­ment : “Un­der Sec­tion 38 of the Den­tists Act 1984, it is an of­fence for any­one not cor­rectly reg­is­tered with the GDC to prac­tise den­tistry, in­clud­ing the pro­vi­sion of den­tures.

“Fur­ther­more, lack of reg­is­tered Mr Re­hem­tulla’s sta­tus means he was pro­vid­ing den­tal ser­vices with­out valid in­sur­ance, plac­ing the pub­lic at even greater risk.

Mr Re­hem­tulla pleaded guilty to all four charges and was fined £8,000. He was also or­dered to pay a £170 vic­tim sur­charge and le­gal costs to the GDC of £3,966.

Katie Spears, head of il­le­gal prac­tice at the Gen­eral Den­tal Coun­cil 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.”

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