Drug-abusing dentist may have injured 100
A dentist in western Sweden continued to treat patients even though managers knew he had a substance abuse problem. More than a hundred patients reported him for injuries and malpractice.
Swedish Radio's P4 West channel says patients' injuries include teeth that have fallen out and teeth that had to be extracted due to botched treatment.
The dentist worked at a clinic for Praktikertjänst, Sweden’s biggest provider of private health and dental care, from 2007-2014.
Ann-Chriztine Ericsson, head of dentistry at Praktikertjänst tells P4 West:
"It was not good at all, we can say in hindsight."
In a statemen, the comany said it "regrets the incident and will of course as caregivers take full responsibility for the deficiencies found at the clinic. We are therefore keen to get in touch with patients who experienced symptoms after treatment at the clinic".
The company added that it had put a number of new safety routines in place, including a new, improved whistleblower system. It will support the patients who have been affected and inform them of financial compensation and insurance protection.
The dentist was told to go into drug rehabilitation in 2013 when colleagues reported him. After treatment, he was allowed to continue practising by the Health and Social Care Inspectorate (IVO).
The dentist was quetioned by P4 West and told them that he has retired.