Dentist fined £25K for practising while suspended

A London dentist has been fined £25,000 for repeatedly providing dental work despite being suspended from the General Dental Council’s (GDC) register of dental professionals.

Dr Dulcineea Fiorentina Paul was found guilty on 15 December at Thames Magistrates’ Court of five charges of unlawfully working as a dentist, for which she was fined £5,000 per offence.

She was also ordered to pay the GDC’s full costs of £2,364.10 and a £170 victim surcharge – a total of £27,534.10.

Dr Paul was suspended from the register on 25 February 2016 for multiple instances of poor quality care which meant she was unable to work as a dentist. Despite this, she immediately continued providing dental care to two patients – a grandmother and her granddaughter – on five separate occasions in February and March 2016.

The GDC said at no point did Dr Paul inform her patients that she was not legally allowed to practice dentistry at that time – and the treatment only stopped after the patients themselves found out about her suspension.

On passing sentence, the District Judge noted that the offences were ‘very serious’ in particular because Dr Paul was working without insurance and that she had previously been warned about providing dentistry whilst suspended.

22 DECEMBER 2016

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