South Scotland

Language problem floors Dumfries dentist

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Image caption Mr Brancato practised at DADDS surgery in the town

A Dumfries-based dentist has been suspended after failing to prove his English was good enough to practise.

Italian, Onofrio Brancato, who practised at DADDS dental surgery in the town, was suspended by NHS Dumfries and Galloway under new regulations.

Mr Brancato qualified as a dentist in Bologna in 1985.

The health board's move followed a set of separate restrictions imposed on Mr Brancato by the General Dental Council (GDC) in March.

A spokesman for NHS Dumfries and Galloway said: "This suspension is on the grounds that the practitioner has not been able to provide evidence of his attainment of the required standard of English language skills.

"The suspension will remain in force pending the outcome of a final hearing."

The GDC conditions, which will extend to early November, oblige Mr Brancato to "place himself, and remain, under the supervision of an independent clinical assessor who must be approved by the GDC".

Full hearing

The GDC told BBC Scotland, Mr Brancato's conditions would be reviewed again in September.

A spokeswoman said: "He has yet to have a full public hearing and so we will not comment further at this stage.

"We are aware that NHS Dumfries and Galloway have suspended him - but this action is entirely separate from us."

In a separate case, a second dentist at DADDS practice is also working under a number of conditions imposed by the GDC.

In June, the council took action against Egidijus Svirplis on the grounds of "deficient professional performance" in relation to the treatment of five patients between March 2006 and April 2008.

His restrictions are due to run until June 2011.

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