Man fined £500 after illegally claiming to be a dentist

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A MAN has been fined by magistrates in Leeds over illegal claims that he was qualified to work as a dentist.

Appearing before Leeds magistrates, Raja Nadeem Zakir, who was based in Dewsbury at the time of the offence, was fined £500.

He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £50 and full costs to the General Dental Council (GDC) which totalled nearly £1,800.

He pleaded guilty to the offence of unlawfully using the title dentist which is contrary to the Dentists Act of 1984.

By law, all dentists, dental nurses, dental technicians, clinical dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental therapists and orthodontic therapists must be registered with the General Dental Council to be able to work in the UK.

GDC officials said this ensured only appropriately qualified and skilled dental professionals were part of the dental team which looked after patients.

Leeds Magistrates’ Court was told that between March 21 and on or around April 4 last year, Zakir, who was not a registered dentist, unlawfully used the description ‘dentist’ on a website, which it was said implied that he was registered to work as a dentist in the UK.

The General Dental Council said patients can check if their dentist is registered with it via its website.

The case was dealt with in court last Wednesday but details of the hearing were made public only yesterday.

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