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Dentist suspended by QCC following an inspection.

The health watchdog, the Quality Care Commission, has taken drastic action to temporarily suspend a dentist after it established patients were being put at risk.

The QCC’s actions were as a result of inspectors finding that not enough had been done as a result of a previous poor watchdog inspection and patients remained at risk of unsafe dental treatment.

The dental practice failed to meet seven national standards:

  • Patient’s individual dental care plans were not adequately planned, assessed or delivered to a sufficient standard. Emergency action plans for unforeseen problems were not in place.
  • There were unacceptable health and safety risks to patients in terms of injury and infection and there were no effective systems in place in terms of risk assessments to help identify, assess and manage risks to the health, safety and welfare of their patients.
  • Systems and procedures to prevent cross contamination and the spread of infection were still not adequate.
  • The administering of medicines was not adequate.
  • Patients’ dental and medical records were not always accurately and regularly updated and therefore out of date and therefore not fit for purpose.
  • Data protection was not secure as patient’s privacy was not fully protected. Patient dental and medical records remained accessible to unauthorised people.
  • There was little evidence of professional development and training for the staff.

CQC’s Head of Dentistry Inspection said:”Following the evidence of our inspection we have taken urgent action to suspend the…practice because we believe that patients may have been at risk of harm if we did not act.

“People are entitled to services which provide safe, effective, compassionate and high quality care.

“We have to put the safety of patients first. If the practice does satisfy us that it has made sufficient progress – we will consider lifting the suspension. Otherwise we will consider using our legal powers further to protect the people who use this service.”

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