Hygiene rule breach ‘risk’ to patients

DENTISTMR Pictured at the Hilton Hotel Sheffield is Dentist Mohammed Siddiqui
DENTISTMR Pictured at the Hilton Hotel Sheffield is Dentist Mohammed Siddiqui

A SOUTH Yorkshire dentist whose practice was shut down for flouting hygiene rules has had ‘stringent conditions’ placed on his licence.

Mohammed Siddiqui, of Dalton Dental Care, in Rotherham, was told by the General Dental Council he will only be able to practise within the NHS and subject to 21 stringent conditions for three years.

Mr Siddiqui admitted 23 charges of poor dental practice at a GDC professional conduct committee hearing.

It followed an investigation when Mr Siddiqui practised at Dalton Dental Care.

An unannounced infection control inspection in May 2010 by representatives from NHS Rotherham and the Health and Safety Executive exposed areas of poor practice.

He reused items of equipment intended for single use.

Mr Siddiqui, aged 37, of Reaper Crescent, High Green, was immediately suspended from the NHS Rotherham dental performers’ list and reported to the General Dental Council.

An investigation found he failed to maintain ‘adequate standards of infection prevention and control’ and he applied very poor standards of clinical dentistry.

The conditions imposed include working under supervision, regular checks into his standard of dentistry and assistance only by a registered dental nurse. He must engage a professional mentor - all at his own expense.

Health chiefs said they were disappointed that Mr Siddiqui had not been barred from the profession altogether, given the ‘appalling’ levels of infection control at his surgery.

In a surprise inspection in May, Mr Siddiqui was found to be using instruments caked in hardened dirt, re-using syringes and failing to use water with his drill – a step one expert suggested could literally ‘fry a tooth in its own juices’.

Rotherham health chiefs later set up a helpline for worried patients because the practice had posed a ‘considerable risk of cross contamination’.

NHS Rotherham chief operating officer Chris Edwards said: “The extremely stringent conditions imposed by the General Dental Council makes it clear that our action against Mr Siddiqui was entirely justified. The conditions severely limit Mr Siddiqui’s ability to practise.”