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Blackburn dentist struck off for insurance breach

Lancashire Telegraph: Blackburn dentist struck off for insurance breach Blackburn dentist struck off for insurance breach

A dentist has been struck off for treating patients without proper insurance.

Holger Held, who practised at the Netherwood Dental Surgery in Preston New Road, Blackburn was found to have been working without indemnity cover.

It comes as the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published a damning report of the surgery highlighting concerns that patients were not treated with proper care. Mr Held was accused of practising without indemnity between May 31 and July 11 2013 but did not attend the hearing.

In considering the case, the General Dental Council’s (GDC) professional conduct committee said: “In treating patients whilst not indemnified, Mr Held acted contrary to the requirements of the Dentists Act and in breach of the standards.

“He placed patients in the position of potentially being unable to claim compensation to which they could have been entitled had they suffered harm or damage during that period of treatment. Mr Held showed a disregard for the interests of patients.”

The CQC carried out an unannounced inspection after concerns were raised that ‘one or more of the essential standards of quality and safety were not being met’ at the surgery.

The report said: “Care and treatment was not planned and delivered in a way that was intended to ensure people’s safety and welfare. People were not protected from the risk of infection because appropriate guidance had been followed.

“We looked around three of the practice treatment rooms and found that in one there was a layer of dust in the sink. A member of staff could offer no explanation. In the same room, we saw reusable instruments left exposed on a tray.

“The Department of Health recommends that each practice has a lead person for infection control; we were told that nobody had been identified as such. We asked the dentist to show us infection control audits but he was unable to do so.”

Mr Held was punished by his governing body previously over his treatment of two patients between 2008 and 2010.

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10:18am Mon 2 Jun 14

CyberWala says...

" People were not protected from the risk of infection because appropriate guidance had been followed."


huh ?
" People were not protected from the risk of infection because appropriate guidance had been followed." huh ? CyberWala
  • Score: -7

11:15am Mon 2 Jun 14

woolywords says...

CyberWala wrote:
" People were not protected from the risk of infection because appropriate guidance had been followed."


huh ?
I find that, if you treat what is written on here, as a bit of a crossword, where only some of the clues are given, you can work out what they actually meant.

Patients, (not wearing a seatbelt,) were sat in his chair, without the proper insurance being in place. Which means that any claims for whiplash, when he hit a nerve, are not covered.
Nobody wanted to take the blame, for any of the infections that could be contracted. And let's face it, who would is this day and age, where they will sue for a pothole in the path..
Personally, I hate the dentists, so I post my dentures to him, whenever they need a filling!
[quote][p][bold]CyberWala[/bold] wrote: " People were not protected from the risk of infection because appropriate guidance had been followed." huh ?[/p][/quote]I find that, if you treat what is written on here, as a bit of a crossword, where only some of the clues are given, you can work out what they actually meant. Patients, (not wearing a seatbelt,) were sat in his chair, without the proper insurance being in place. Which means that any claims for whiplash, when he hit a nerve, are not covered. Nobody wanted to take the blame, for any of the infections that could be contracted. And let's face it, who would is this day and age, where they will sue for a pothole in the path.. Personally, I hate the dentists, so I post my dentures to him, whenever they need a filling! woolywords
  • Score: 0

11:22am Mon 2 Jun 14

woolywords says...

To be honest, striking him off, wasn't the best move to make, given the national shortage of dentists. Far better, that he were more closely monitored in the future.
Not to mention that, the few dentists that are left, will just hoick up their prices, as they have nearly cornered the market, since the near collapse of the NHS .
To be honest, striking him off, wasn't the best move to make, given the national shortage of dentists. Far better, that he were more closely monitored in the future. Not to mention that, the few dentists that are left, will just hoick up their prices, as they have nearly cornered the market, since the near collapse of the NHS . woolywords
  • Score: -22

5:50pm Mon 2 Jun 14

noddy57 says...

He must be feeling down in the mouth at this moment.
He must be feeling down in the mouth at this moment. noddy57
  • Score: 7

6:34pm Mon 2 Jun 14

its_all_BOBBINS says...

I was at Netherwood surgery since the age of 4 under the care of Dr Peter Edmunson and he was brilliant. Unfortunately he had to retire and this Held fella took over. He was horrific, brutal and not very good at what he did - he had to reopen a wound from taking a tooth out because he did it all wrong. I could not take anymore of it and promptly asked Dr Edmunson if he could recommend someone good...and he did. It was only time before this horrible Held man was made accountable.
I was at Netherwood surgery since the age of 4 under the care of Dr Peter Edmunson and he was brilliant. Unfortunately he had to retire and this Held fella took over. He was horrific, brutal and not very good at what he did - he had to reopen a wound from taking a tooth out because he did it all wrong. I could not take anymore of it and promptly asked Dr Edmunson if he could recommend someone good...and he did. It was only time before this horrible Held man was made accountable. its_all_BOBBINS
  • Score: 19

11:12pm Mon 2 Jun 14

thoroughbred says...

I've heard bad reports of this man for years, hopefully he will go back to his motherland now and practice again there, where they would probably come down on him even harder than a strike!!
I've heard bad reports of this man for years, hopefully he will go back to his motherland now and practice again there, where they would probably come down on him even harder than a strike!! thoroughbred
  • Score: 12

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