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A former dentist from East Sussex has been ordered to pay over £3,000 in fines and legal costs after admitting to offering dentistry services illegally in Bexhill.

Guy Smithson was originally removed from the dentist register after failing to pay an annual fee in 2016, but the General Dental Council (GDC) launched an investigation into him, following a complaint he was operating a mobile denture service.

The investigation produced evidence Mr Smithson had been practising dentistry illegally at a care home in Bexhill.

The GDC said his lack of registered status meant he was providing services without valid insurance.

In passing sentence to Mr Smithson at Hastings Magistrates’ Court, the magistrate said:

“As a retired dentist, you know the requirements of dentistry and of being registered.

“You were in a position of authority and treating vulnerable patients.”

Francesca Keen, head of illegal practice at the GDC, said:

“Our primary purpose at the GDC is to protect the public from harm.

“Regardless of the qualifications an individual may have held in the past, unless they are currently registered with the GDC, fully insured to practice and up to date with professional development requirements, they pose a real risk to the public.

“The GDC takes reports of ilegal practice of dentistry very seriously and, where where appropriate, will prosecute in the criminal courts.”