The General Dental Council (GDC) reported last week that a dentist had been removed from the register of dental professionals after a series of failings involving a single patient, which span almost 12 months.
The charges involved the treatment of one patient – Patient A – between 24 October 2014 and 6 October 2015, while Peter Zoltan Kelemen’s was working at a practice in Bristol. The treatments included the placing of dental implants and a number of extractions. The charges Mr Kelemen faced included not carrying out a full assessment of Patient A’s presenting dental condition and failing to record sufficient pre-treatment investigations.
The committee found a total of 24 charges to be proven at a hearing on 18th May.
A spokesperson for the General Dental Council said: “The failings found to be proven by the PCC in Mr Kelemen’s case, outlined that he failed to provide an adequate level of care to Patient A. This inadequate care included not carrying out a full assessment of Patient A’s presenting dental condition and failing to maintain records covering appointments between October 2014 until October 2015. These actions are a deviation from the standards expected from dental health professionals.”
The GDC’s Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) decided Peter Zoltan Kelemen’s serious diversion from professional standards and continued risk to patients, meant that he can no longer work as a dentist.
Mr Kelemen did not attend the PCC hearing.
The Chairman of the PCC said: “It [the Committee] considered the wide-ranging nature and extent of Mr Kelemen’s omissions and failings in respect of Patient A’s care, which persisted over a period of almost 12 months. Whilst the Committee had regard to the fact that the treatment he provided involved relatively complex procedures, a number of the findings that have been made against Mr Keleman relate to basic and fundamental aspects of dentistry.
“These include deficiencies in examination and assessment, radiography and record keeping, as well as his failure to obtain informed consent from Patient A which, in the Committee’s view, was a breach of fundamental tenet of the dental profession.”
Mr Kelemen – who has been immediately suspended - will have 28 days to appeal the decision. If he does not appeal, he will be removed from the register of dental professionals after this time which means he will not be able to practise as a dentist in the UK.