Den­tist is struck off after ‘dis­hon­est con­duct’ find­ing

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Weekend Camp Fun And Games - By He­len Fair­ley

A den­tist has vowed to ap­peal after be­ing struck off for 12 months by the Gen­eral Den­tal Coun­cil.

Dr Si­mon Dar­foor, who worked at the Jade Den­tal Prac­tice in Loudon Way, God­in­ton Park, Ash­ford, is not al­lowed to prac­tice for a year fol­low­ing a mis­con­duct rul­ing by the body.

Dr Dar­foor, who is also the lead clin­i­cian at the Har­ley Street­based Dar­foor Den­tal Prac­tice, was ac­cused in re­gard to pa­tients in both Ash­ford and Lon­don.

The Pro­fes­sional Con­duct Com­mit­tee heard that Pa­tient A was not warned that she would be left with a crease in her lip when she smiled, after treat­ment that in­cluded im­plants and bridge work at Jade Den­tal Prac­tice.

The com­mit­tee also found that she was not in­formed of the po­ten­tial risks of dam­age to the lin­ing of the si­nuses and chronic si­nusi­tis.

Dr Dar­foor was ad­di­tion­ally ac­cused of us­ing cow bone ex­tracts while per­form­ing a com­plex bone graft pro­ce­dure on a vege­tar­ian pa­tient at his Har­ley Street surgery.

The pa­tient claimed he told Dr Dar­foor on sev­eral oc­ca­sions that he did not want an­i­mal de­rived ma­te­rial to be used in his treat­ment.

In rul­ing to sus­pend Dr Dafroor’s reg­is­tra­tion the com­mit­tee chair­man con­cluded that it was not pos­si­ble to ‘for­mu­late con­di­tions to ad­dress the at­ti­tude which un­der­lies your (Dr Dar­foor’s) dis­hon­est con­duct... con­di­tions are in­suf­fi­cient to pro­tect the pub­lic and the wider pub­lic in­ter­est.”

Jade Den­tal Prac­tice pa­tient Pete Davis told the Ken­tish Ex­press his at­tempts to find out what was hap­pen­ing had been re­buffed by staff.

He said: “I think that this is a to­tally un­ac­cept­able way to deal with things. Surely the prac­tice has to come clean about what has hap­pened. I know that they need to pre­serve their busi­ness but surely the least that they should do is tell his pa­tients the truth. Only then can pa­tients de­cide if they want to re­main at the same den­tal prac­tice or move else­where.”

When con­tacted by this pa­per, Dr Dar­foor said: “I am ap­peal­ing this un­just de­ci­sion at the High Court. I will make no fur­ther com­ment.”

His web­site de­scribes him as a grad­u­ate of Guy’s Hos­pi­tal, Lon­don who strongly be­lieves in per­sonal re­la­tion­ships and open com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween den­tists and pa­tients.

Jade Den­tal Prac­tice de­clined to com­ment on the mat­ter.

The Jade Den­tal Prac­tice. Right, Dr Si­mon Dar­foor pic­tured on his web­site

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