Still Game dental technician fined for practising illegally

08 September, 2017 / infocus

A high-profile former dental technician, who has provided false teeth for TV shows such as Still Game, has been found guilty of practising dentistry illegally.

John Nicol, 73, was previously registered with the GDC but was removed from the register in 2011 for not paying his annual retention fee. Glasgow Sheriff Court ruled that, on 25 March 2015, Nicol held himself out to be a dental technician at Speedy Dentures in Glasgow, despite not being registered.

Nicol, who has made false teeth for BBC TV programmes Still Game and Chewin’ the Fat, was fined £1,800 following the prosecution that was brought by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, following a referral from the GDC.

Shaun Round, interim head of illegal practise at the GDC, said: “It is imperative that dental professionals are registered to practise. Registration ensures they are completing their continued professional development to keep their skills and knowledge up to date – this makes sure that patients receive the best possible treatment by a professional that is trained, competent and indemnified.

“Registration with the GDC is also required to purchase indemnity insurance, which is imperative as it allows patients to seek compensation if they are harmed. Due to Mr Nicol’s removal from the GDC register, none of these were ensured. By performing dentistry illegally, Mr Nichol put patients at risk of serious harm.”

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