A DODGY dentist – twice struck off in the UK – is undertaking botch jobs in Spain, it can be revealed.
The Olive Press has discovered that Rajkumar Rao, 45, is working from a practice in Alhaurin el Grande.
Twice struck off the general practitioners list for severe malpractice in Britain, Rao is currently working in Spain.
He offers a “world-class smile” and “drop dead gorgeous dentures” in local adverts for his clinic, The Alhaurin Dental Centre.
However Rao´s days working in Spain could be numbered, as one former patient is pursuing legal procedures against him.
One, David Buchanan, 47, suffered “excruciating” pain during surgical procedures.
In an amazing catalogue of errors, he claims he was left paralysed on one side of his face, when a hastily administered injection went wrong.
“The anaesthetic ended up piercing my eye and it was agony,” explained Buchanan, who has now moved back to Falkirk, in Scotland, after three years in Alhaurin.
“One side of my face is still permanently numb after two years,”
Buchanan, who was unable to work for seven months after the ordeal, visited Rao with serious toothache in 2007.
“On my first appointment Raj lulled me into a false sense of security by offering me a glass of wine – I had never seen anything like this before at the dentist.”
He continued: “He told me I had an abscess in my tooth and I needed it removed immediately.
“The next thing I knew I was covered in blood and gore. That’s when the anaesthetic was injected somehow entering my eye, paralysing half of my face.”
Buchanan, a mechanic, has been left thousands out of pocket for a total of three procedures, which he has had to put right in the UK.
He has launched assault charges against Rao, claiming 230,000 euros in damages.
“My British dentist said he had never seen anything so horrific in 30 years,” he said.
“I was so naïve. He sells this whole Hollywood smile ideal in local newspaper adverts but all he cares about is charging for the most expensive procedures.
“He’s nothing but a butcher.”
Another victim, Veronica Thomas tried another tack after paying 760 euros to replace a dental plate, which broke after just six months.
Thomas, 64, sent her husband Richard to do a ‘sit in’ at the practice in Camino Fuente del Perro, until he got a full refund.
But after two hours of waiting, Rao called the police and he was forced to leave.
Richard explained: “Rao tried to push me out of the door and shouted that he wouldn’t deal with me because I was a third party.
“He eventually called the Guardia Civil and accused me of being another Brit who has run out of money and was trying to weasel it back.”
He assured the couple the plate was of the highest quality, but it has broken four times.
“He’s nothing but a butcher.”
“My wife´s previous one had lasted for some 20 years without a problem.”
The Olive Press has discovered that Rao was first struck off in 1998 in Liverpool for “serious professional misconduct”.
The British Dental Association heard details of six cases, including a 72-year-old patient who actually needed only seven of the 22 crowns Mr Rao insisted upon.
Incredibly he was somehow able to start up again in 2001 in Cricklewood, in North London.
But, just three years later, in November 2004, he was to be struck off again, after further cases of serious professional misconduct.
Hearings director Michael Ridler at the General Dental Council told the Olive Press this week: “Rao is completely banned from practising in this country. They were very serious allegations.”
It emerges that Rao registered with Malaga College of Dentistry in 2001. A spokesman said: “We don´t know anything about his past history.”
Rao was on holiday this week, but when contacted on his mobile phone said the claims were “all hearsay” and the cases in the UK were “in the past”.
He insisted the case with Buchanan was settled in Coin court, but he failed to give anymore details or a date.
“I had nothing to answer to and have nothing to hide,” he said.
Buchanan said last night: “The case is still proceeding. He is merely trying to slow things down.”
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