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Nose puncture dentist struck off
Joanna Chyzy
Ms Chyzy has been struck off by the General Dental Council
A dentist who punctured a patient's nose with a needle has been struck off by the General Dental Council in order to protect the public.

Joanna Chyzy, 34, of Greenlea Crescent, Collin, near Dumfries, was found guilty of serious misconduct in February.

Her legal team had launched an attempt to get a ban on her working lifted.

However, the GDC committee ruled that she represented a "real risk to patients" and that the only appropriate sanction was to strike her off.

Ms Chyzy was found guilty of serious professional misconduct by the GDC in February in connection with her work at a practice in Wellington in Somerset.

The panel ordered the Polish dentist to complete an independent assessment of her clinical abilities.

We submit that Ms Chyzy has justifiable grounds for complaint that her registration is at risk as she cannot fund the assessment course that the professional conduct committee wish her to undertake
Malcolm Fortune, defending

Her legal team told the GDC the request was unreasonable, and asked that an interim order banning Ms Chyzy from work be lifted.

Malcolm Fortune, defending, told the hearing she had been suspended since June 2006, making it nearly impossible for her to be allowed on a re-training course as she was not allowed contact with patients.

He said: "We submit that Ms Chyzy has justifiable grounds for complaint that her registration is at risk as she cannot fund the assessment course that the professional conduct committee wish her to undertake.

"Ms Chyzy must be given a chance to meet the expectations that you set out."

The GDC panel's legal assessor, James Townsend QC, suggested Mr Fortune was carrying out a "carefully constructed snare" on the committee.

'Poor dexterity'

Chairman Robin Heron said the panel took the view that her work had "fallen substantially below the standards expected of a registered medical practitioner".

He said there were significant shortcomings in her work and concerns about her "poor dexterity and operating technique".

Mr Heron added: "At the present time, in the absence of any evidence as to whether the very fundamental deficiencies in her abilities are capable of being addressed satisfactorily, together with her lack of insight and her repetition of errors, the committee judges that Ms Chyzy poses a real risk to patients."

He said the committee had considered a further postponement to the case, or a continued suspension of her registration, but felt these would not be sufficient to protect the public.

"Accordingly, the committee decided the only appropriate sanction in this case is erasure," Mr Heron concluded.




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