23 Jun 2010

Dentist did $29,000 worth of 'unnecessary' work

10:06 pm on 23 June 2010

The acting Health and Disability Commissioner has found that a dentist carried out unnecessary dental work on a patient at a cost of almost $29,000.

Rae Lamb has found that the dentist breached the Health and Disability Code by failing to provide the patient with full treatment options.

She also found that the dentist had failed to obtain adequate patient consent for the treatment and that the work carried out was of a poor standard, resulting in ongoing problems for the patient.

The dentist has refunded the patient the full amount and is now operating on a restricted certificate and undergoing an extensive retraining programme.