‘Dentist’ fined for illegal claims

A MAN from Dewsbury has been fined for making illegal claims that he was a qualified dentist.

Raja Nadeem Zakir admitted unlawfully using the title ‘dentist’ on a website contrary to Dentists Act 1984.

He appeared at Leeds Magistrates' Court last Wednesday in a prosecution brought by the General Dental Council (GDC).

Zakir claimed on a website from March 21 to around April 4 last year that he was registered to work in the UK.

He advertised himself as a “dentist for hire” and also promoted his teeth whitening services.

By law all dentists and other related staff must be registered with the GDC to work in Britain.

This is to ensure only qualified dental professionals care for patients. Zakir was based in Dewsbury at the time of his offence.

Magistrates fined Zakir £500 and told him to pay a £50 victim surcharge plus  costs to the GDC of £1,796.73.

Patients can check to see if their dentist is registered by checking the GDC's website at www.gdc-uk.org.

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