Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Manx dentist suspended over patient care failing

Dental equipment
Image caption Mr Zimmerman's practice was "impaired" by the poor level of care he gave a patient

A Manx dentist has been suspended from practising for six months after he admitted several failings in the care of a patient.

Gunter Zimmerman, of Woodbourne Road Dental Surgery, Douglas, did not give the patient enough information, gave her a permanent bridge when she did not need one, and did not have insurance.

He admitted the charges to the General Dental Council (GDC) last week.

They found his fitness was to practise was impaired.

The Department of Health said Mr Zimmerman has 28 days in which to appeal against the GDC's decision but in the meantime he has left the practice and is no longer providing dental services.

The GDC was told that the patient he treated, in 2006, did not definitely need a permanent bridge, a course of treatment which may leave her with saliva leakage and a problem with speech.

The government has said it is working closely with his employer, Van Rooyen to ensure his patients continue to receive the necessary treatment.

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