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A dentist who claimed more than £1million from the NHS by submitting paperwork for deceased patients has been struck off by the dental regulator. Joyce Trail, 51, of Sutton Coldfield, submitted 100 claims for patients who were dead and triple-claimed for others in a scam which involved over 7,000 fraudulent claims. The General Dental Council has announced that Trail has been struck off after a hearing of the Professional Conduct Committee.

A spokesman said ‘The gravity of Trails’ convictions offended fundamental standards of behaviours expected of a member of the dental profession. Her convictions go to her character and her actions are incapable of remedy. She has brought the profession into disrepute and remains subject to the lengthy custodial sentences imposed upon her by the court.’

Trail was jailed for six-and-a-half years by Birmingham Crown Court for conspiracy to defraud and she received a further six months for perverting the course of justice. Over a three year period, Trail falsely claimed £1,376,423 from the NHS, claiming for patients she had not treated, some who were deceased, and for providing and fitting dentures when they were unnecessary. She used the money to fund a lavish lifestyle, which included expensive holidays and designer clothing.

The judge at her trial last October said that the defendant had acted ‘out of pure greed’.

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