Fake dentist prosecuted

A man has been prosecuted for the illegal practice of dentistry – bringing the GDC’s number of successes this year to eleven.
On 27 September 2010, at Bristol Magistrates’ Court, Samuel Harnarayan pleaded guilty to unlawfully implying he was a registered dentist on a sign outside premises at 90 Church Road, Bristol.

He was also found guilty of unlawfully holding himself out as being prepared to practise dentistry and of implying he’s a registered dentist on a business card.
Mr Harnarayan was fined £650 which took into account his breach of another conditional discharge for similar offences earlier this year.

The GDC has been awarded costs of £2,000, which Mr Harnarayan will pay at a rate of £60 a week.
Interim Chief Executive and Registrar of the GDC Ian Todd said: ‘The GDC is committed to patient protection and is determined that the public should have confidence that the dental professional treating them is registered with us. Registration is a privilege, not a right – and registrants earn it by proving their worth as dental professionals.

‘We expect high standards from them so that they can offer the best possible care to patients.
‘As a regulator we will not tolerate illegal practice and anyone who works as a dental professional without being registered or while suspended from the register risks serious repercussions. So far this year we have secured eleven successful prosecutions and we will take action in any other cases as appropriate.
If you would like to report someone you believe to be practising illegally you can do so by sending an email to illegalpractice@gdc-uk.org, by writing to Illegal Practice, The General Dental Council, 44 Baker Street, London, W1U 7AL or by calling 0845 222 4141.’

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