South Scotland

Lockerbie dentist suspended by misconduct committee

A former Lockerbie dentist who charged a woman almost £8,000 but failed to complete her treatment before quitting his practice has been suspended.

A General Dental Council misconduct hearing upheld a string of charges against Mokhothu Mokotjo.

He faced more than 20 charges of poor treatment, unprofessional behaviour, failing to act in a patient's best interests and deficient record-keeping.

All charges bar one were upheld and he was suspended for 12 months.

Mr Mokotjo was contracted in 2009 by the NHS to operate a dental surgery in Lockerbie in rented premises.

However, nine months later he was served with three months' notice to quit by the owner of the practice amid claims of unpaid debts to suppliers.

In the intervening period he set out a treatment plan for one woman costing just short of £8,500.

The work involved the use of crowns but it later emerged that, in some cases, veneers had been used instead without consulting the patient.

The quality of the work was also found to be poor.

Misleading claims

Mr Mokotjo received £7,800 from the woman, but cancelled a string of appointments.

He also failed to complete her treatment or make alternative arrangements prior to his departure from the practice in October 2010.

In its findings, the GDC's misconduct committee ruled Mr Mokotjo had made misleading claims for delays in treatment.

He had blamed a laboratory for the hold-up when in fact it was caused by his failure to settle his debts with the dental lab.

The committee concluded that given the seriousness of the failings, Mr Mokotjo's registration be suspended for 12 months and subject to a further review thereafter.

The BBC was unable contact the dentist for comment.

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