Second Southampton man prosecuted by dental regulator

Second Southampton man prosecuted by dental regulator

27 Jan 2011

Less than a month after his father pleaded guilty to the illegal practice of dentistry, Darren Newcombe is the latest person to be prosecuted by the General Dental Council (GDC).

Darren Newcombe pleaded guilty to a charge under the Dentists Act 1984 at Thames Magistrates’ Court in December.  The court heard that on March 10, 2010 Darren held himself out as prepared to practise dentistry from 136 Regents Park Road, Regents Park, Southampton, and was prepared to give treatment in connection with the fitting, insertion and fixing of dentures.

His father, Barry Newcombe, was convicted of similar offences in November.

In relation to Darren Newcombe, District Judge McIvor ordered a conditional discharge for a period of three years and ordered him to pay the GDC’s full costs of £3,685.45.

All dentists, dental nurses, dental hygienists, dental therapists, dental technicians, clinical dental technicians and orthodontic therapists must be registered with the GDC to work legally in the UK. 

Chief executive of the GDC, Evlynne Gilvarry, welcomed the result,

“People who practise unlawfully are a risk to the people they treat. The GDC is committed to taking action to ensure public safety, as well as ensuring that those who practise without being registered do not damage the good reputation of the dental profession. You can check whether your dental professional is registered by searching our registers online at www.gdc-uk.org.”