This article was published on January 7th, 2015
In November, last year, the media was full of a story about a dentist who was under investigation for mansalughter after his poor hygeine methods may have led to cross contamination leading to a 23yr old woman contracting a rare blood borne virus, viral acute myocarditus. The Coroner involved in the case has declared the dentist not responsible for her death.
A whistleblower at the dentists surgery had filmed the poor levels of hygiene at the practice showing how the Nottingham dentist did not sterilise his equipment properly or wash his hands in between patients. Since then, after one of the largest patient recalls in NHS history where 20,000 of the dentists patients were called in for testing, 4,300 have been tested and found not to have contracted the virus.
The coroner has concluded that the young woman’s death was not linked to dentist treatment:
“On the basis of this additional evidence and information available at the time of the death, the experts are all agreed that Amy’s final illness and death were not linked to her dental care or the visit to her dentist,” a statement said.
On this occasion the dentist was lucky that he was not responsible for the woman’s death but the investigation did highlight poor practice and the dangers that come with it. If you feel you have been a victim of poor dental treatment then contact our specialist dental solicitors to discuss your concerns and find out if you have a viable compensation case.
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