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Urinating dentist struck off list
A dentist has been struck off the register for urinating in his surgery sink and using medical tools to clean his ears and nails.

The General Dental Council found Alan Hutchinson, 51, guilty of unhygienic practices at the Branch Road Dental Practice in Batley, West Yorkshire.

Mr Hutchinson had admitted not routinely wearing gloves, but denied all the other charges.

He said he did not always wear gloves due to a latex allergy.

'Too embarrassed'

Chairman of the committee, Colin Smith, said it was satisfied Mr Hutchinson had used dental instruments to clean his fingernails and ears, replacing them on a tray alongside sterilised instruments.

But he said, the committee was satisfied that these events were occasional rather than frequent.

Dental nurse Claire Pygott had told the hearing she could smell urine coming from a sink at the surgery.

She told the hearing she was too embarrassed to speak to her employer about it.

"How do you tell your employer that you've just seen him urinate in the sink?" she said.

"It was a very delicate matter . . .I didn't think I could bring it up in front of him without being sacked."

Mr Hutchinson had claimed he had been cleaning his teeth at the sink as part of his normal routine.

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