DENTIST Teo Eu Gene, who was jailed final 12 months for submitting false claims for dental procedures, has been struck off the city-state’s official dental register.
He won’t be permitted to practise as a dentist in Singapore for a minimum of three years.
After this era, he can apply for his identify to be restored within the register, the Singapore Dental Council stated.
Final 12 months, Teo turned the primary individual to be jailed for dishonest the federal government by the Group Well being Help Scheme (Chas).
He was sentenced to 46 weeks’ jail after being convicted of 25 expenses of constructing false Chas claims.
The claims had been for dental procedures between 2014 and 2015.
Teo’s actions brought about two polyclinic teams – SingHealth Polyclinics and Nationwide Healthcare Group Polyclinics – that course of and reimburse Chas claims on behalf of the Ministry of Well being to wrongfully disburse greater than S$18,000 (RM55,000).
The Singapore Dental Council stated it had held a disciplinary inquiry towards Teo, who beforehand practised at Phoenix Dental Surgical procedure clinics.
The disciplinary committee famous that Teo’s dishonest conduct and convictions severely impinged upon the popularity of the career.
As Teo’s case was apparently the primary to be introduced earlier than the disciplinary committee, it was crucial to set the suitable benchmark in emphasising that such circumstances have to be handled severely, stated the council.
Teo has been ordered to pay the prices and bills of, and incidental to, the proceedings, together with prices of counsel to the Singapore Dental Council.
His elimination from the Register of Dentists took impact on Wednesday.
The council urged all dental professionals to be cognisant of the legal guidelines and rules governing dental practices.
It added that professionals ought to adjust to the provisions of the code of ethics of the career in addition to directives and pointers issued by the Well being Ministry. — The Straits Instances/ANN