Dr Tariq Drabu's, Manchester based NHS Dentist, thoughts & opinions on Dental Care.
Currently Dr Tariq Drabu is practicing at the Langley Dental Practice in Manchester, he has over 25 years experience in dentistry. Graduating from Manchester University in 1986, he was awarded a Fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh during his time there in 1996.
Friday, 19 July 2013
Tariq Drabu Highlights Illegal Dentistry
dentistry – that is a topic that has been
coming up quite regularly lately, and one that I feel falls fairly close into
the realms of the illegal teeth whitening practice that I have previously
touched upon. You only have to look at the General Dental Council's (GDC) newsfeed and you’ll no doubt find mention of
illegal ‘Dentists’ being prosecuted for various acts.
meant by an illegal dentist? These are most often individuals that have taken
it upon themselves to conduct dental procedures without a dental license, the
right equipment or in extreme cases, the appropriate training. Needless to say,
it’s a terrifying thought.
recent cases to be brought to light involve "practitioners" in Wirral
and Surrey, both of whom were operating dental clinics without the relevant
licensing, with one of the offenders never having registered with the GDC in
the first place.
Just to highlight
a fundamental point made by the GDC in both cases; “By
law all dentists, dental nurses, dental technicians, clinical dental
technicians, dental hygienists, dental therapists and orthodontic therapists
must be registered with the GDC to work in the UK. This is to ensure only
appropriately qualified and skilled dental professionals are part of the dental
team looking after patients.”
that there are members of the medical community that are openly breaking the
trust that the general public place in medical practitioners not only worries
me, but also astounds me. In some extreme cases, these medical rogues that are
looking to save money could potentially be putting lives at risk.
to say, this is a topic that I feel very strongly about and fully support the
decision of the GDC to take up prosecution proceedings. At the Langley Dental Practice
all our staff are GDC registered and have been for many years. Trust and care
are just two of the things that should precede all other motives to work in
such roles in any medical field.