In 2014 NHS England organised the biggest recall of patients the NHS has seen following concern regarding poor infection control measures at a Dental Surgery in Nottinghamshire.
The dentist at the centre of the recall, Desmond D’Mello and his Dental nurse, have now been before the General Dental Council who found 55 allegations were proved against the dentist.
Some of the most basic hygiene measures were not followed at the surgery including ensuring that each patient was examined with clean gloves and surgical mask. Staff at the surgery were told off if they cleaned too much or changed gloves. Excessive numbers of patients were also treated by the dentist with very short appointments allocated.
In all 22,000 patients were recalled and more than 4,000 of them were tested for blood- borne viruses including hepatitis and HIV.
The problems at the surgery came to light after a whistleblower covertly filmed treatment. Despite the problems, before the investigation was launched the Care Quality Commission (CQC) had given the surgery a clean bill of health in 2013. The dentist is no longer working, following his suspension by the General Dental Council (GDC) in the summer of 2014.
If you or a member of your family has been affected by the issues in this article contact a member of our Clinical Negligence Team on 0800 316 8892 for advice.