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Dental regulator ends year with 13 successful prosecutions

7 January 2011

A Norfolk man has become the latest to be prosecuted by the General Dental Council (GDC) under laws aimed at protecting the public from unregistered dental practitioners.

On 23 December Edward Gray, who formerly worked at 1A Dental Practice Limited, 26 St. Mary’s Street, Ely in Cambridgeshire, pleaded guilty to a charge under Section 31 (1) and (2) of the Dentists Act 1984 at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court. He admitted to practising as a dentist without being registered with the GDC to do so.

He was fined £600 and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge. The GDC were awarded full costs of just over £1,124.

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

Chief Executive of the GDC Evlynne Gilvarry welcomed the result:

“The GDC is committed to taking action against people who practise dentistry illegally. They are a risk to the people they treat and we will do everything we can to ensure public safety. You can check whether your dental professional is registered by searching our registers online at www.gdc-uk.org .”

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