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Laura Dorr is the executive editor of DPR's Modern Dental Network.
Do you want fries with that dental work? The General Dental Council committee in the United Kingdom has barred one dentist from practicing after she tried to perform a dental procedure in a McDonald’s restaurant.
Anca Claudia Macavei, who is licensed in Romania as a dentist, was removed from the register of dentists in England after a judge in the High Court overruled her appeal of a 2012 decision by the GDC revoking her right to practice. Macavei lost the right after an unnamed patient complained that the dentist tried to treat her in a fast food restaurant.
Macavei met the patient after advertising her services online to Romanian patients in England. The complaint arose after the dentist set up shop in a London McDonalds, where she attempted to fit a bridge into the mouth of the patient. When the patient refused to be treated in Mickey D’s, Macavei took her down the street and tried to perform the work in the hallway of a nearby building housing a dental practice. Macavei had previously had an arrangement with the practice owner allowing her to use the facilities, but had lost access to the clinic after a disagreement (so, clearly the hallway was the next best place).
“The committee found that it was more likely than not that you did attempt a fitting of the bridges in that unsuitable environment, considering that you had nowhere else to go at the time,” the committee said in its decision.
After reviewing the appeal this year, Justice Patterson of the High Court sided with the GDC, saying, “The committee was entitled to conclude that they could not be confident that the public would be protected by an approach less than erasure.” As a result of the judge's decision, Macavei is officially no longer allowed to practice.
No word if she’s set up an illegal practice down the street at the nearest Burger King.