Dentist in overdose case suspended amid new claims

A dentist who was allowed to keep working after telling a patient to take a potentially lethal drug overdose has been suspended amid fresh allegations.

Colchester-based Dr Sayed Hossain Faghany, of Mersea Road Dental Surgery, is serving an 18-month interim suspension while the charges against him are investigated, the General Dental Council (GDC) says.

In 2006, Dr Faghany was found responsible for advising patient Helen Woodyard to take 50mg of the drug diazepam before an appointment, instead of the required 5mg.

The panel found his actions constituted ‘gross professional negligence’ at a hearing in 2006 when  told how Dr Faghany prescribed Mrs Woodyard the 50mg of diazepam and told her to take it an hour before an appointment to have bone removed from her gum on 6 May 2005.

Mrs Woodyard collapsed and had to be taken to hospital by ambulance.

His representative Martin Forde said the incident was down to a misunderstanding.

The Interim Suspension Order was imposed on 20 August 2009 for 18 months against him and will be reviewed within six months.

The GDC have not disclosed the nature of the new claims against him.

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