Scottish dentist pleads guilty to practicing without registration
A dentist in Scotland has pled guilty to providing patient care without registration from the General Dental Council. Police were called to the Bridge of Don Dental Clinic and Research Centre in Aberdeen after a complaint about staffing arrangements; Ronnie Barogiannis was fined £500 for not having the correct legal documentation in place.
Mr Barogiannis explained that he had applied to the GDC before relocating to Aberdeen from Greece but then stepped in to help after the surgery opened, before receiving his registration papers. He has vowed to rebuild his career and claimed that he only worked for one day without the necessary paperwork between January 3rd and March 5th last year, but pled guilty to the charge of practicing illegally during that period. He told The Herald Scotland; ‘The whole thing has been terrible. I made a stupid mistake and it was wrong. You have to pay for your mistakes and then hopefully I can move on.’ He also added ‘I am sorry about what has happened… It has been a very difficult experience for me. I will have to start my career all over again.’
A spokesperson for the GDC said ‘By law all dentists, dental nurses, dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental therapists and orthodontic therapists must be registered with the GDC to work in the UK. This is to ensure only appropriately qualified and skilled dental professionals are part of the dental team looking after patients.