A dentist has been struck off after hiding his HIV status and continuing to treat patients. Harry Robertson worked as a dentist at Nithbank in Dumfries. He worked at an emergency service provided on a Sunday and around 250 people who were treated by him have since had to have blood tests to determine whether he passed the infection on to them.
The HIV scare mirrors a similar one that occurred in Ayr. In the case of Harry Robertson he kept the virus secret so he could keep his job. When it was revealed that he had HIV he was suspended from his position. His case was heard at the General Dental Council last week and he was then struck off as a result.
So far all those who have been tested as a result of the HIV scare have been clear. However it has been revealed that 14 people who were treated by him have not been located. It is a situation in which those who were affected would very likely be able to claim compensation for the stress they were caused in wondering whether they had been infected.
Could you be entitled to compensation for being in a similar situation?
Yes – this is the type of situation in which the potential for infection was clearly someone else’s fault. If a medical professional keeps a medical condition secret that should be disclosed to their employers, they have been negligent in their duty to their employer and their patients. As such there is a clear case for a potential compensation claim to be made by anyone treated by that person. If you have been in a case like this in the last three years, it is worth seeking proper advice.
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Source: Pink News
Date Published: August 21, 2014
Author: David Brown