Dental body needs ‘more bite’
THE BARBADOS DENTAL COUNCIL needs stronger teeth to deal with dentists who flout regulations and by their actions bring the profession into disrepute, says Dr Vidya Armogan.
What’s more, Armogan, president of the Barbados Dental Association (BDA), said he believed the council should be given the authority to prosecute offending dentists automatically.
The BDA head spoke in response to a comment that malpractice rates had risen dramatically because complaints of shoddy work by dentists which had resulted in discomfort and additional costs for patients.
He declined comment on the matter, explaining that such complaints were referred to the council for settlement as that entity was charged with regulating the dental profession.
However, he feels strongly that the council needs to be able to “bite” any wrongdoers harder than it can at present, and be able to do so swiftly.