The GDC made its decision after hearing allegations made about Michael Boniface’s treatment of six patients – and his lack of professional indemnity cover.

At the time, Mr Boniface was practising at Riverside Dental Spa inVauxhall, south London and Slough in Berkshire.

The GDC committee found that, among other things, Mr Boniface had:

• Not obtained informed consent from patients, as he failed to adequately explain to them the prospects of success, alternatives to and risks of, their treatment

• Carried out inappropriate dental treatment which could not have succeeded

• Failed to ensure that adequate arrangements were in place for the completion of the treatment of four of the patients when he left the practice

• Failed to respond adequately to one patient’s complaint

• Provided dental advice and treatment to patients when not in possession of professional indemnity cover.

The committee said: ‘There were wide-ranging failings in Mr Boniface’s treatment of the six patients involved in this case, some of which related to basic areas of clinical practice.
‘Mr Boniface clearly put his own interests before those of his patients by continuing to practise at times when he knew he did not have professional indemnity cover.’

Mr Boniface’s registration was immediately suspended.