Dental worker fined after failing to get registered

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A DENTAL technician must pay more than £1,300 after illegally practising dentistry.

Worthing Magistrates’ Court heard that Clive Woods, who worked at Sudley Road, Bognor Regis, had not registered with the General Dental Council.

By law all dentists, dental nurses, dental technicians, clinical dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental therapists and orthodontic therapists must be registered with the GDC to work in the UK.

The body says this is to ensure only appropriately qualified and skilled professionals are part of the dental team looking after patients.

Woods pleaded guilty to unlawfully holding himself out as being prepared to practise dentistry.

The chairman of the bench said: ‘We took into account the fact that Mr Woods had been practising for five years without being registered and that he knew that he needed to be registered as he had contacted the General Dental Council previously.’

Woods was fined £300, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and full costs to the GDC of £1,045. Patients can check their dental professional is registered by visiting gdc-uk.org.

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