Femi Fajemisin was working as principal dentist at Kindblue Dentalcare Practice in Romford, London, at the time.

The GDC heard allegations that Mr Fajemisin had dishonestly:

• Submitted claims to the NHS for payment for dental treatment in the name of his wife, also a dentist, for treatment that he had provided himself

• Made claims to the NHS against his annual allocation of units of dental activity for courses of treatment when no treatment had been provided

• Made claims to the NHS against his annual allocation of units of dental activity when no examination of the patient had been carried out and the activity claimed for was the provision of a prescription for fluoride toothpaste.

The Committee said: ‘Mr Fajemisin’s dishonest behaviour was deliberate, sustained and contravened fundamental principles of the dental profession. It is plain to the Committee that, in view of Mr Fajemisin’s past behaviour and in the absence of any evidence regarding his insight, his fitness to practise is currently impaired. Mr Fajemisin made a large number of fraudulent claims using different mechanisms during two different NHS charging regimes. He knowingly and deliberately defrauded a public body with limited resources. In the Committee’s view his behaviour is wholly incompatible with remaining on the dentists’ register.’

In the circumstances, the Committee determined that the only appropriate and proportionate sanction to maintain the standards of the dental profession and public confidence in it, is that of erasure.

Mr Fajemisin’s registration was immediately suspended and unless he exercises his right of appeal, his name will be erased from the register 28 days from today.