Prison for illegal dentist

The General Dental Council (GDC), has assisted the Metropolitan Police to successfully prosecute a man for unlawfully practising dentistry.

On Friday 25 October, Young Jun Suh appeared at Hammersmith Magistrates' Court and pleaded guilty to unlawfully practising dentistry contrary to section 38 (1) and (2) of the Dentists Act 1984.

He was fined £1,000, ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge and £85 towards costs.

Mr Suh was previously prosecuted by the GDC on 4 May 2011 for two counts of practising dentistry while not being registered, having previously been suspended by the GDC.

As a consequence of this prosecution, Mr Suh was erased from the register on 20 December 2011.

On 13 January 2012, Mr Suh was prosecuted by the NHS and pleaded guilty to 28 counts of fraud and theft from the NHS totalling £109,000.

He was sentenced to two years imprisonment and remains on licence until 13 January 2014.  

The GDC subsequently received information that Mr Suh was seeing patients at Camberwell Dental Practice, 214 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, despite remaining unregistered and being on licence.

As a result of this prosecution, Mr Suh has been recalled to prison. It is anticipated he will serve the remainder of his prison sentence which expires in February 2014.

This prosecution is a result of joint co-operation and working between the GDC and the Metropolitan Police Territorial Support Group.

Patients can check that their dental professional is registered by visiting the GDC website: .  

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