The Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal has recently published a decision about a case brought before it by the Council-appointed Professional Conduct Committee (PCC).
The case, involving a general dentist (Dr M) who has been granted permanent name suppression, was based on allegations of professional misconduct, particularly in relation to hygiene practices.
The tribunal found the case came down to credibility of witnesses and dismissed the case in its entirety. The decision can be read here.
The PCC’s decision to put the case before the tribunal was based on the fact that, if proven, the allegations were serious. It was appropriate that the tribunal, as the entity charged with hearing and making determinations on disciplinary matters, had the opportunity to review all the evidence and make a finding.