St Austell dentist must comply with conditions, General Dental Council rules
A DENTIST from St Austell who failed to wash his hands, used unclean equipment and took patient records home must comply with a series of conditions to improve standards at his practice, the General Dental Council (GDC) has ruled.
Following a hearing into the case of David Timothy Cooke, who owns and practises at the Dental Surgery in Truro Road, the GDC Professional Conduct Committee imposed a total of 18 conditions.
A report of the body's findings told Mr Cooke: "You have admitted, and the committee has found, that there were a series of fundamental and wide-ranging failings in your practice over a significant period of time.
"These failings not only related to your ineptitude in the management and maintenance of the practice, but also concerned your own clinical practice."
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During the hearing Mr Cooke faced 15 charges, including failing to maintain appropriate standards of infection control, failing to ensure staff received appropriate training and arriving late for appointments.
The report said Mr Cooke was often late for appointments and put his own needs before those of his patients.
"This was evident in the choices you made, which often put your patients and other staff members at a disadvantage," the report told Mr Cooke.
It went on: "In the committee's opinion, you approached your responsibilities as a practice owner and principal in a similar lackadaisical manner."
The conditions imposed by the GDC, which will remain in place for two years, specify that Mr Cooke must work with a postgraduate dental dean or director to make a personal development plan.
The report said: "Given the serious and wide-ranging nature of the misconduct, over a significant period of time, the committee determined that it would be inappropriate to conclude this case without taking any action or with a reprimand."
Following the ruling, Mr Cooke must allow his workplace supervisor to provide reports to the GDC and his professional commitments will be under review.
Contacted by the Cornish Guardian, Mr Cooke declined an opportunity to comment on the council's findings.