Dentist struck off for negligence

A Scottish dentist has been struck off the register for misconduct.

Andrew Boyd, who practised in Troon, Ayshire, for 18 years, was removed from the register following a hearing by the General Dental Council.

The GDC was told that the treatment of more than 900 of his former patients had to be reviewed after complaints came to light in 2006.


About 100 of those patients required ‘immediate treatment’.


Boyd worked at the Barassie Street Dental Practice in Troon, North Ayrshire, between 1987 and 2005.


His negligence came to light in 2006 when the NHS launched an investigation following complaints from patients.


The GDC heard how the investigation discovered that Boyd had failed to examine patients properly, provide treatment plans or record the treatment which was given.


In some cases he:
• failed to record or maintain an adequate medical history
• failed to carry out adequate charting of the teeth visible, restorations present, restorations requiring replacement and any new pathology.
• did not take appropriate X-rays not did he formulate or provide a comprehensive treatment plan.


In their report, the GDC said that during that period (1987-2005), he did not provide adequate advice and treatment in respect of caries to 101 patients, did not provide adequate periodontal advice and/or treatment to 89 patients and neglected to provide adequate endodontic advice and/or treatment in respect of caries to 61 patients.


In all the circumstances the committee concluded that Mr Boyd’s fitness to practise was impaired by this misconduct.

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