A south of Scotland dentist has been suspended under new regulations after failing to provide evidence of required English language skills.
NHS Dumfries and Galloway confirmed it had taken action under the rules which came into force last month.
A statement said it had decided this week to suspend a general dental practitioner at the DADDS practice on Queensberry Street in Dumfries.
The suspension will remain in force pending the outcome of a final hearing.
A spokesman said the National Health Service (General Dental Services) (Scotland) Regulations 2010 had been introduced on 2 July.
He confirmed a dentist had been suspended after being unable to "provide evidence of his attainment of the required standard of English language skills".
"In the meantime the DADDS practice at 124 Queensberry Street is making arrangements for the continuing care and treatment of patients," he added.