Disgraced Notts dentist ‘yet to help’ in investigation

Investigators looking into the working practices of a disgraced Nottinghamshire dentist have confirmed that he is yet to help them with their inquiries.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 14th November 2014, 1:39 pm

National reports suggest that Desmond D’Mello is refusing to help, following revelations that he failed to wash his hands and dental instruments between seeing patients, which could have spread blood-borne viruses such as hepatitis and HIV.

NHS England have called on more than 22,000 patients, whom he may have treated over a 32-year career, to step forward to be screened.

After Chad contacted NHS England today, Friday, 14th November, Dr Doug Black, medical director Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, said: “Mr D’Mello has been offered several opportunities to formally respond to the ongoing investigation, but as yet, has not done so.”

The 60-year-old, who ran Daybrook Dental Practice near Arnold, was caught out when a member of staff, appalled by the standards, secretly filmed him over a three-day period in June.

He was immediately suspended by the General Medical Council and the investigation is continuing.

Although Dr D’Mello was tested cleared of having any blood-borne illness, experts say there is a ‘small chance’ that patients could have contracted hepatitis B, C or HIV, if one or more patients under his care had any of the diseases.

He worked at the practice for more than three decades and because of this, records of patients are sketchy.

The advice line for anyone concerned about being treated by Dr D’Mello should phone 03330 142479.