This article was published on September 22nd, 2014
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:
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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