‘Dick Emery’ dentist rapped for third time over sloppy work

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A DENTIST has been rapped by the profession’s standards body for the third time in four years.

Mohammed Asfaq Quraishi has had conditions imposed on his practice for 24 months by the General Dental Committee (GDC) to protect the public after it found his actions amounted to misconduct.

It related to a case in March last year at West Mount Dental Surgery, Chester Road, High Barnes, Sunderland.

Quraishi failed to record an accurate description of the conditions, the spread of infection to adjacent tissues or the extent of the patient’s facial swelling or deformation.

The patient later suffered breathing difficulties and needed further treatment at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

The GDC’s professional conduct panel said: “Your failures in relation to your care of Patient A were multiple and covered the fundamental areas of record keeping, adequate examination, exploration of symptoms, diagnosis as well as prescribing.

“Your record-keeping was at times inaccurate as well as inadequate, and you had limited knowledge of current practice in prescribing.

“The committee considers your mistakes and deficiencies to have been serious.

“Your acts and omissions fell seriously short of what the public are entitled to expect from a registrant and would be deemed deplorable by fellow dentists.”

Quraishi has twice previously been before the GDC.

In July 2009, it heard that a patient – recommended to have £7,400 of dentistry in four months – complained she was left looking like a creation of 1970s funnyman Dick Emery.

The committee found “multiple and repeated clinical failings” in her dental care.

In October 2009, Quraishi was given a formal warning by the GDC after he failed to diagnose the source of a patient’s initial pain, drilled unnecessarily into an adjacent tooth by way of diagnosis, overprescribed antibiotics and failed to acknowledge a fractured tooth.

In the latest hearing, the central allegation – that he failed to refer the patient to secondary care – was not proved.

The GDC heard Quraishi had taken steps to remedy some of his deficiencies.

The panel told him: “This is the third time that your regulatory body has made adverse findings relating to your practice of dentistry. It is not the first time that shortcomings have been identified in relation to your prescribing of antibiotics and diagnosis.

“In summary, your misconduct, though serious and covering essential aspects of care, is remediable.

“However, the committee consider that it has not yet been sufficiently remedied and, in addition, the committee takes the view that there is the real risk of repetition.

“The committee finds that your fitness to practise is currently impaired.”

The 17 sanctions on his practice include working under a supervisor, to be agreed by the GDC.