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Struck off Hertfordshire dentist loses appeal

A St Albans dentist who offered a patient cheaper treatment if she would "spend some time with him" has lost an appeal against being struck off.

Milan Shah had told the woman the root canal work would cost £350, despite it actually being available for free with the NHS.

Mr Shah, of Pinner, London, appealed to the High Court against the ruling by The General Dental Council (GDC).

But Mr Justice Supperstone ruled the sanction was appropriate on Wednesday.

The High Court heard Mr Shah told the woman in April 2009 he would reduce the cost of her treatment if she "gave him what he wanted".

The woman, identified only as Patient A, complained after bosses at the Alexander House Dental Practice in St Albans told her she should not have been charged for the treatment.

Sexual advances

The court heard Mr Shah had made unsolicited phone calls to the woman, who was described as a "vulnerable patient", over a two-year period.

Mr Shah had also made sexual advances towards her before the incident in question, it was claimed.

In September 2010, the GDC ruled Mr Shah had committed a serious breech of trust and took him off the register of dentists.

But at his appeal, Mr Shah's lawyers claimed his removal from the register was excessive as there had been no sexual relationship between the pair.

Mr Justice Supperstone ruled the sanction was not inappropriate and dismissed the appeal.

"The reputation of the profession is more important than the fortunes of any individual member," he said.

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