1 Nov 2012

Tribunal fines, cancels dental technician's registration

3:55 pm on 1 November 2012

A dental technician from eastern Bay of Plenty accused of making dentures when he wasn't allowed to has been ordered to pay $38,000.

The Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal conducted a hearing in Tauranga in August this year to hear evidence relating to charges faced by Daniel Sutherland, a dental technician registered in Whakatane.

Mr Sutherland was charged by the Professional Conduct Committee with providing treatment outside his scope of practice as a dental technician in July 2010 and for advertising services he was not qualified to do.

He was also charged with practising dental technology between April 2010 and mid-April 2011 without a current practising certificate.

In its findings, the tribunal said the charges were established. It expressed its strong disapproval for Mr Sutherland's conduct and cancelled his registration as a dental technician.

The tribunal ordered that $27,000 be paid to the Professional Conduct Committee and $11,000 to the tribunal.