January 24, 2006

Stories Like This Don't Help Fight The Stereotype "'British Dentistry' Is An Oxymoron"

Dentist let partner drill teeth:

A dentist from south-east London who let her unqualified boyfriend treat patients has been struck off.

Mogjan Azari allowed her lover Omid Amidi-Mazaheri to work on more than 600 patients, leaving many in agony.

He drilled out cavities without local anaesthetic and installed expensive fillings that crumbled within days.

The pair charged the NHS for the bungled work and other non-existent procedures and are believed to have made 120,000 from the scam.
The alleged dentistry happened between 2002 and 2003. Both were sentenced to prison for their misdeeds in March of 2005. Azari was sentenced to one year, Amidi-Mazaheri two (more on his exploits here, including a bit where he dropped a piece of equipment down a patient's throat).

Azari, 39, a Swedish Iranian, was barred from practising in the UK by the General Dental Council (GDC) for serious professional misconduct.

. . .

The GDC considered claims that Azari "did not take any, or adequate, steps" to check that Amidi-Mazaheri was a qualified dentist.

It was alleged she allowed him to continue treating patients despite promising the Croydon Primary Care Trust in 2003 that he would stop. [emphasis added]

Such conduct would have been "unprofessional, dishonest and contrary to the best interests of patients", the council heard.
It took the General Dental Council this long to pull her license?

This reminds me of something that happened the last time I went to the UK. Of course, I'd heard about the stereotype of Britons having bad teeth, but I didn't really believe it. But wouldn't you know, every time I thought about it over there, two of the next three people I saw would have really, really, bad teeth. I'm talking colors-not-found-in-nature-and-be-careful-chewing-or-you'll-lacerate-your-face bad teeth.

Every time.

Finally, my last night there, I was eating in a restaurant in Swindon when I looked across the floor, maybe four or five tables away, and saw a really attractive woman. She was probably in her late twenties and bore more than a passing resemblance to Kimberly Williams. Hey, she's really pretty, I thought. Too bad she'll have nasty teeth like most people I've seen this week. Then I saw her smile at the couple she was dining with.

White. Straight. Perfect. I was floored.

I barely had time to recover from my shock when her party got up to leave. I had occasion to catch her accent as they walked by my table.

She was American.


Posted by Chris at January 24, 2006 09:47 AM

Category: General Weirdness

You know, there's not a lot I can add to this whole thing except... wow.

Wasn't this also a Monty Python sketch?

Posted by: chess h at January 24, 2006 05:32 PM