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Fitness probe dentist in injunction bid against trust

A senior Northern Ireland dentist facing widespread malpractice allegations has launched a legal bid to block a meeting which could result in his dismissal.

Professor Philip Lamey went to the High Court yesterday in a bid to secure an injunction against the Belfast Health Trust.

His lawyers claimed the request to attend a meeting to discuss his future was fuelled by a media outcry and a "treacherous shortcut" of ongoing misconduct proceedings.

A judge will rule on whether to grant the injunction today.

Professor Lamey is accused by the General Dental Council (GDC) of 46 counts of malpractice against 33 different patients.

The allegations, which he denies, involve his work as senior consultant at the Royal Dental Hospital in Belfast.

Adjourned proceedings in the GDC hearing are due to resume in October.

The dentist issued his legal action after being asked by the trust to attend a meeting last month.

Although not certain, his dismissal could potentially result from it, the court heard.

Professor Lamey's barrister, Jonathan Park, argued it was wrong for the trust to step in halfway through the GDC case due to Press coverage.

Conor Hamill, for the trust, pointed out that alleged admissions about record-keeping failures have already been made in Professor Lamey's case.

Mr Justice Deeny ruled that he would reserve judgment until today.

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