Performance and Professional Standards Panel
Date of hearing and decision: 5 December 2011
Clinical Care - Inadequate or inappropriate treatment
Documentation - Health record - inadequate or inaccurate or misleading
The patient first presented to the practitioner in 1979 with broken teeth, restorations and evidence of periodontal disease. The practitioner did not record the advice he gave to the patient that she be referred to a periodontist, and the patient’s refusal of this advice. Over a period of 30 years, the patient presented to the practitioner for ongoing restorative care, root canals and restorations and advice on oral hygiene.
The practitioner faced allegations that he had failed to adequately diagnose and treat the periodontal disease and that the clinical notes did not contain information as required in the Board’s Dental guidelines on dental records.
The Panel found that
On the basis of those findings, the Panel decided that the practitioner engaged in unsatisfactory professional performance, in that the knowledge, skill or judgment possessed, or the care exercised by the practitioner was below the standard reasonably expected of a practitioner of an equivalent level of training or experience.
The Panel cautioned the practitioner to ensure that in the future all dental records complied with all statutory requirements and all requirements outlined in the Board’s Dental guidelines on dental records.
Download PDF (38.9 KB)