Nov 8 2012 by Julie Gilbert, Hamilton Advertiser
A Hamilton dentist has been hauled in front of a conduct committee to face charges of subjecting some patients to unnecessary treatment and failing to spot problems being suffered by others.
George Campbell owns Hamilton Orthodontics at 18 Auchingramont Road, which is one of seven in his ‘All 1 Smile’ chain of clinics across the west of Scotland .
He is being probed by the General Dental Council over allegations of inadequate care of around 30 patients spanning a 10-year period.
This is the second time an orthodontist operating at 18 Auchingramont Road has faced such a hearing.
Previous owner Colin Mulgrew was struck off the dental register in 2001 after being found guilty of six allegations, including needlessly x-raying children as young as six and exposing them to excessive and unnecessary radiation.
The new case is probing allegations that Mr Campbell’s patients were allegedly subjected to unnecessary tooth extractions and radiographs by him, or his staff.
And root problems in four patients allegedly went undiagnosed.
Mr Campbell is also charged with making ‘inappropriate referrals’ for surgery in respect of eight patients at his centres.
All of these instances concerned treatment being provided under the NHS. In one case he allegedly mislead the mother of a patient who had been denied approval for orthodontic treatment from the Practitioner Services Division (PSD). The PSD make decisions on whether orthodontic care will be provided on the NHS.
Mr Campbell is said to have told her that the Senior Dental Advisor at the PSD was personally preventing the patient receiving necessary treatment, that the proposed treatment was appropriate and that the delay in proposed treatment was harming the patient.
The conduct committee are also probing allegations that Campbell failed to manage his staff and premises correctly.
He is charged with failing to ensure only staff suitably qualified, and/or registered, provided orthodontic treatment, and that staff worked within their scope of practice.
He also allegedly failed to make sure that orthodontic therapists and trainee orthodontic therapists were adequately supervised.
Campbell also allegedly failed to ensure that patient numbers could be adequately served by the size and suitability of his facilities, and his number of employees.
The allegations took place across Campbell’s seven practices, over a 10 year period between July 11 2001 and August 25 2011.
The three week hearing in front of the General Dental Council’s Practice Committee began last week. The committee will decide whether Mr Campbell’s fitness to practice has been impaired by his alleged misconduct. If they find it has, they will then make a decide whether to impose sanctions.