Banned dentists new bid for reinstatement

A dentist who was struck off the register after some of his patients ‘suffered unnecessary pain and discomfort’ has applied for his ban to be lifted.

Robert Hossack had run practices in Clare, Suffolk, and Witham, Essex, before he was banned by the General Dental Council (GDC) in October 2004, when he was found guilty of professional misconduct.

His previous bid to be reinstated as a dentist failed in January last year after the GDC found he still had ‘serious shortcomings’ as a dentist.

However, GDC rules mean dentists can apply for their place back on the register 12 months after an original appeal fails, an option Mr Hossack, who lives in Stoke by Clare, has now taken up by lodging a second bid for reinstatement.

A spokeswoman for the GDC confirmed Mr Hossack had applied for restoration to the dentists register but, as yet, a date has not been set for his hearing.

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