British Dentist Jailed for £1.4 Million NHS Fraud

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The British Association of Clinical Dental Technology responds to news of a British dentist who conned the NHS out of millions by making false claims for treating patients.

A dentist who conned the National Health Service (NHS) out of £1.4 million by making false claims for treating patients has been sentenced to seven years in prison for conspiracy of defraud, according to an article in The Guardian - http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jul/31/dentist-fraud-nhs-joyce-trail.

The article states Dr Joyce Trail was convicted in July after a five-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court after the jury heard events between 2006 and 2009 in which Dr Trail submitted 7,000 invoices for work she never carried out and 100 of which were for patients who were in fact dead.

The 50-year old used patient details, which were unwittingly supplied to her by local nursing homes after she contacted them advertising her services, to claim for people she had never met, as well as double and triple claiming for patients she treated.

The Guardian also reported on an investigation by NHS Protect, an organisation which combats fraud within the teeth service, which found that Trail had forged more than 28,000 documents to support her ‘bogus claims’ in court.

Over 150 claims were made, costing the NHS over £26,500, and included fitting dentures and taking impressions for people who were dead at the time.

Trail was caught by accident during a random check of files at her Birmingham surgery by officials from the NHS Business Services Authority. When they contacted a supposed patient at a care home, they were surprised to hear he had in fact gone private.

Further research revealed evidence Dr Trail had be committing fraud on an industrial scale. They checked 85,000 documents including patient records and laboratory documents and 14,000 exhibits to build a case.

The British Association of Clinical Dental Technicians (BACDT), who promote the awareness and abolishment of illegal dentistry believe Dr Trail’s case is a primary example of a dentist who has abused their position as a professional.

Speaking on behalf of the organisation, Richard Daniels CEO stated, “Dr Trail clearly exploited her position as a professional dentist within the NHS, providing poor advice and treatment for her patients for financial gain, as well as costing the tax payer millions.

“Dr Trail claimed for four years on ludicrous cases and even after her assets had been frozen, she continued to act dishonestly. I hope this investigation helps combat fraud within the health service and allow organisations to act quicker in the future.”

The BACDT is a leading professional associations which promotes the advancement of ethical practice within clinical dental technology. For more information visit http://dentureprofessionals.org.uk or search through their approved dental surgeries at http://dentureprofessionals.org.uk/cdt-labs/.

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