County Tyrone dentist struck off

A Strabane dentist has been struck off by the General Dental Council (GDC) after being found guilty of practising without professional indemnity cover, providing inadequate treatment and making inappropriate claims for treatment.

Donal Joseph McEnhill of Eden Terrace in Strabane, Co Tyrone, was found to have been practising without indemnity from December 2006 until April 20ı4 when representatives from the Health and Social Care Board attended his practice and advised him to stop treating patients immediately. During this visit, McEnhill told the representatives that he was not indemnified and did not intend to renew his cover as he was retiring in eight days time.

He was also found guilty of several clinical failings including failing to make any, or any adequate, record of medical histories or medical history updates for eight patients as well as failing to take radiographs when clinically indicated for the same cohort of patients. Other failings included inappropriately prescribed antibiotics, failure to diagnose caries, and making inappropriate claims for treatment.

The PCC’s determination read: “His repeated acts of dishonesty, and the substantial periods over which he practised without having appropriate professional indemnity cover, are so serious and damaging to the reputation of the profession that the only sufficient and proportionate sanction in this case is that of erasure.

“The totality of the misconduct was so serious that it is fundamentally incompatible with continued registration.”

Published: 19 August, 2015 at 10:15