Nottinghamshire dentist Desmond D'Mello struck off by General Dental Council

Nottinghamshire dentist Desmond D’Mello struck off by General Dental Council

Desmond D'Mello
Image caption More than 4,500 patients from Desmond D’Mello’s practice in Daybrook were screened for blood-borne viruses

A dentist who sparked “the biggest NHS patient recall in history” has been struck off.

A total of 55 allegations of malpractice against Desmond D’Mello were proven during a General Dental Council (GDC) misconduct hearing.

Secret filming exposed poor levels of cleanliness at the Daybrook Dental Practice, near Nottingham.

The footage prompted the recall of some 22,000 patients, 4,500 of whom were tested for blood-borne viruses.

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Image caption Desmond D’Mello’s Daybrook Dental Practice, in Daybrook, Nottinghamshire, is now under a new name and new ownership

Of the 56 allegations D’Mello was accused of, all but one were were proven by the GDC.

The allegations included:

  • not changing gloves between patients
  • not putting on a new surgical mask for each patient
  • failing to wash hands between patients
  • not sterilising dental equipment after each use

He made the decision not to attend the hearing , nor to have legal representation.

In a statement to the panel, he said he was in “total shock” at the allegations, which he accused the NHS of handling in a “humiliating” manner.

He was a dentist for nearly 38 years and began his own practice in 1980.

The practice in Daybrook, Nottinghamshire, is now under new management.

BBC News – Health

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