Dentist Teo Eu Gene, who was jailed final 12 months for having submitted false claims for dental procedures, has been struck off the official dental register.
He won’t be permitted to practise as a dentist in Singapore for not less than three years. After this era, he can apply for his title to be restored within the register, stated the Singapore Dental Council in an announcement on Friday.
Final 12 months, Teo turned the primary particular person to be jailed for dishonest the Authorities by way of the Group Well being Help Scheme (Chas).
He was sentenced to 46 weeks’ jail after being convicted of 25 costs of constructing false Chas claims.
These claims had been for dental procedures between 2014 and 2015.
Teo’s actions brought on 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 wrongly disburse greater than $18,000.
On Friday, the Singapore Dental Council stated it held on April 12 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 critically impinged upon the repute of the career.
As Teo’s case was apparently the primary such case to be introduced earlier than the disciplinary committee, it was crucial to set the suitable benchmark in emphasising that such circumstances should 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 laws 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 Ministry of Well being.