The body responsible for policing dentists has not recorded reprimands against a dentist who badly burnt a patient's face during surgery, despite upholding a complaint against the dentist.
The case has led the Minister for Health to demand a written explanation from the Dental Council of NSW, after the Herald detailed a string of concerns about the appropriateness of the council's rulings.
Arthur Mills, a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, is accused of causing serious burns to the faces of two patients and superficial burns to another after a drill he was using overheated.
At least one of the incidents was referred to the Dental Council, which upheld the complaint about the burning.
It makes these findings in only 2 per cent of cases but still recorded no reprimands on his registration. He practises with no warning to the public.
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