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Medical scandal dentist has decision to strike him off quashed in High Court

By Victoria O'Hara

Published 16/04/2015

Professor Philip Lamey is now suspended for six months
Professor Philip Lamey is now suspended for six months

The High Court has quashed a decision by the General Dental Council to strike off senior dental consultant Professor Philip Lamey, who was at the centre of a medical scandal.

Professor Lamey, who was found guilty of more than 100 charges of malpractice, was removed from the register in 2014.

The Detail website revealed that on March 27 the former professor of dentistry at Queen's University won a High Court appeal which reversed the decision.

It quashed the 'sanction of erasure' made by the General Dental Council's (GDC) Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) against him on September 30, 2014.

The GDC had found Prof Philip Lamey guilty of more than 100 charges of misconduct and removed him from the register.

The action was launched after more than 100 patients were recalled in 2011 when 35 developed cancer and four died.

He was found guilty of inadequate management, failing to diagnose cancer in patients and poor record-keeping. The ruling meant he would be unable to practise for a minimum of five years, but Professor Lamey appealed the decision in the High Court. During the appeal it was claimed errors had been made in the decision to remove him from the dental register.

"His appeal alleged that the PCC made errors in parts, but not all, of their decision," the GDC statement said.

"The GDC accepts that the PCC did make some errors in their decision and the court (with the GDC's agreement) has ordered that the PCC's decision that Professor Lamey be erased from the Dentists Register should be substituted with a six-month suspension order."

The suspension will run for six months, to August 28, when it will be reviewed by the PCC. The GDC says Professor Lamey will still not be able to practice dentistry.

Prof Lamey had lost an unfair dismissal case against QUB in August last year. The industrial tribunal in Belfast ruled unanimously that Prof Philip Lamey's contract had been followed properly.

Prof Lamey, a specialist in oral medicine, had been employed by both the Belfast Health Trust and the university.

He had two roles - one as a practising dentist at the Royal Victoria Hospital and another as a tutor to hundreds of Queen's University dental students.

He had accused Queen's in Belfast of failing to give him adequate notice of dismissal.

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In September 2014 Prof Philip Lamey, a former consultant at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital's School of Dentistry, was struck off the dental register and immediately suspensed. A GDC disciplinary panel found Prof Philip Lamey guilty of more than 100 charges of malpractice. He appealed the decision and the High Court has since quashed the decision.

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