Dentist is struck off after ‘dishonest conduct’ finding
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