Age Assessment: Dental Assessments, Appearance and the Benefit of the Doubt – Garden Court Chambers

‘AS was born in Afghanistan. His father, who had worked as a commander in the police, was kidnapped by the Taliban. The family were later informed that he had been killed. The Taliban came looking for AS and it was decided that he should leave the country. He arrived in the UK on 7th September 2015 and claimed asylum. He was taken into the care of Kent County Council. His stated age of 15 was not accepted and an age assessment was undertaken, as a result of which he was found to be 17 with a date of birth of 7th September 1998. Judicial review proceedings were issued challenging this decision. During the course of proceedings, Kent changed its position and argued that he was most likely to be aged 24.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 10th November 2017

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Dentist fines: Mistakes over addresses hitting thousands – BBC News

Posted October 25th, 2017 in benefits, dentists, fines, health, medical records, mistake, news by michael

‘Many fines incorrectly imposed after dental treatment are because of mistakes over patients’ addresses, says a health watchdog.’

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BBC News, 24th October 2017

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Retired dentist who tried to murder wife after falling victim to fraud spared jail as she begs judge not to send him to prison – Daily Telegraph

‘A retired dentist who tried to strangle his wife with a tie after he was conned out of £200,000 has been spared jail after she begged the judge not to send him to prison.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th February 2017

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Office sex dentistry lecturer struck off by General Dental Council – BBC News

Posted January 25th, 2017 in dentists, disciplinary procedures, news, professional conduct, tribunals by tracey

‘A dentistry lecturer who had sex in his office has been struck off the General Dental Council register.’

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BBC News, 24th January 2017

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Home Office rules out ‘inaccurate, inappropriate and unethical’ dental checks to verify age of Calais refugee children – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 20th, 2016 in children, dentists, news, refugees by tracey

‘The Home Office has ruled out calls for dental checks to verify the age of Calais migrants arriving in Britain because they are deemed “inaccurate, inappropriate and unethical”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th October 2016

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Rogue dentist jailed for bungling operations – The Guardian

Posted September 19th, 2016 in assault, dentists, fraud, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A “profoundly dishonest and utterly incompetent” unregistered dentist has been jailed for bungling operations and causing permanent harm to some of his patients.’

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The Guardian, 18th September 2016

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Force family lawyers to offer fixed fees, consumer panel suggests – Legal Futures

Posted August 24th, 2016 in competition, dentists, family courts, fees, legal services, news, statistics by sally

‘Family law specialists should be required to work under fixed fees, the Legal Services Consumer Panel has suggested as it ramped up its call for regulatory intervention to improve transparency in the market.’

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Legal Futures, 24th August 2016

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Dentist jailed for extracting £1m out of patients and friends in six-year property investment con – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 7th, 2016 in bankruptcy, dentists, elderly, fraud, news, proceeds of crime, sentencing by tracey

‘A dentist who extracted more than £1 million from patients and friends in property investment con has been jailed for six years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th June 2016

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Court of Appeal says children can be required to be x-rayed to challenge age assessment in court – Free Movement

Posted May 19th, 2016 in appeals, children, consent, dentists, immigration, medical treatment, news by sally

‘Interesting and controversial case on X-rays and age assessment from the Court of Appeal: London Borough of Croydon v Y [2016] EWCA Civ 398 (26 April 2016). Essentially, the Court holds that the claimant would have to agree to an age assessment by means of a dental X-ray in order to continue with his claim against the local authority. The claimant was arguing that he had been incorrectly age assessed as an adult when in fact he was a child.’

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Free Movement, 18th May 2016

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Ten new laws that come into force in April 2016 – and how they affect you – The Independent

‘April 2016 is a month of big changes for people living and working in the UK. A number of new laws and policies are coming into force, affecting just about everyone from public sector workers to dog owners. Here’s what the new laws could mean for you.’

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The Independent, 3rd April 2016

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Coroner investigates death of woman treated by dentist at centre of alert – The Guardian

Posted November 13th, 2014 in coroners, dentists, health, news, professional conduct, whistleblowers by tracey

‘Investigation trying to establish whether there are any links between 23-year-old woman’s death and the treatment she received.’

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The Guardian, 12th November 2014

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Ashraf v General Dental Council – WLR Daily

Ashraf v General Dental Council [2014] EWHC 2618 (Admin);  [2014] WLR (D) 342

‘Whilst it was not inherently unfair for a regulator to pursue disciplinary charges against a professional where he had been acquitted of substantially the same charges in the criminal courts, that did not mean that there would not be circumstances in which it might well be unfair to proceed.’

WLR Daily, 29th July 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Dental plan provided VAT-exempt ‘payment services’ to patients, Tribunal finds – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 10th, 2013 in dentists, health, news, tribunals, VAT by tracey

‘A dental payment plan provided to patients amounts to a “service for a consideration” for VAT purposes, but also falls within the payment services exemption under the VAT Directive, the First-Tier Tax Tribunal has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th December 2013

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General Dental Council v Fajemisin – WLR Daily

Posted November 22nd, 2013 in dentists, disciplinary procedures, jurisdiction, law reports by tracey

General Dental Council v Fajemisin: [2013] EWHC 3501 (Admin);   [2013] WLR (D)  447

“In addition to cases in which a previous decision could be revisited under the equivalent of the slip rule, a public body had jurisdiction to revisit a decision which had been made in ignorance of the true facts when the factual basis on which it had proceeded had amounted to a fundamental mistake of fact. That power existed irrespective of whether the decision fell to be classified as judicial or administrative in nature.”

WLR Daily, 19th November 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Dentist who submitted claims for dead patients struck off – Daily Telegraph

“A dentist jailed for conning the NHS out of more than £1.3 million to fund her ‘globe trotting’ lifestyle and taste for designer shoes has been struck off by the dental regulator.”

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Daily Telegraph, 21st October 2013

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Restrictions on health workers with HIV lifted as ‘outdated’ ban ends – The Guardian

Posted August 15th, 2013 in dentists, disqualification, doctors, employment, HIV, news by sally

“Surgeons, dentists, midwives and other healthcare workers who have HIV are to be allowed to perform all kinds of procedures on patients, following the lifting of an outdated ban that led in some cases to the loss of careers and livelihoods.”

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The Guardian, 15th August 2013

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Dental nurse wins case after being given written warning for eating apple – Daily Telegraph

“A dental nurse who was given a written warning by bosses for eating an apple has won a case for constructive dismissal against the surgery.”

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Daily Telegraph, 9th May 2013

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Dentists ‘mislead’ patients over free NHS care – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 29th, 2012 in consumer protection, dentists, health, news, reports by tracey

“Half a million patients a year may have unnecessarily paid to receive private dental treatment after receiving inaccurate information from their dentist about health service entitlements, an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) study found.”

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Daily Telegraph, 29th May 2012

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In re an application by the General Dental Council (Savery and others, interested parties) – WLR Daily

Posted November 18th, 2011 in dentists, disclosure, law reports, medical records, professional conduct by tracey

In re an application by the General Dental Council (Savery and others, interested parties):[2011] EWHC 3011 (Admin);  [2011] WLR (D)  332

“The General Dental Council was under no obligation to obtain an order of the court for permission to use and disclose dental records of patients for the purposes of investigating allegations of professional misconduct against a registered dentist even where the patients in question objected to the disclosure or did not consent to it.”

WLR Daily, 16th November 2011

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Dentists face Office of Fair Trading investigation – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 16th, 2011 in consumer protection, dentists, news by tracey

“Dentists are to be investigated by the Office of Fair Trading amid concerns that patients are confused about treatments and end up paying over the odds.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th September 2011

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