A CROOKED dentist, whose botched jobs caused patients long-term damage, is still working in Spain… despite being turned down to work in Britain on THREE separate occasions.
Rajkumar Rao unsuccessfully sued the Olive Press for libel after we revealed that he had been TWICE struck off in the UK and – but for an administrative error – should not be practising in Spain.
And now he has beaten his own record, after the UK’s General Dental Council rejected Rao’s third attempt to be restored to the UK register.
In a damning dossier of reasons, The Professional Conduct Committee accused him of having attempted to mislead them.
The respected body insisted that because of his numerous clinical failings, as well as inaccuracies in the evidence provided, Rao cannot be allowed to practice in Britain again.
Opposing counsel accused him of posing ‘a risk to the public’, while the Committee expressed concern that he believed he had never acted illegally.
This was despite having treated patients while being banned, giving unnecessary treatment to children and 22 crowns to a pensioner, who only needed seven.
The report also said: “You told the Committee that you saw no need to inform the Spanish Dental Authority of your erasures in the UK.
“There was no evidence that you had taken appropriate steps to satisfy yourself that these erasures would not affect your licence to practise in Spain.
“The Committee cannot be satisfied that you really appreciate the seriousness of this issue for a registered professional.”
Rao also faced criticism for giving children inappropriate treatment, solely because it would mean a bigger profit, and for refusing to refer a patient for a second opinion until he was paid.
Despite the litany of abuses Rao, who featured in an ITV documentary Dentists from Hell, still practices from his huge multi-million euro home, near Alhaurin.
Going under the name the Alhaurin Dental Centre, he advertises heavily in local magazines, promising ‘world class dental care’.
Dr Alex McCubbin, from the British Dental Centre in Marbella, said he was ‘not surprised’ that Rao had been able to continue working in Spain.
“Regulation is so much tighter in the UK than in Spain, the difference is unbelievable.
“If you look at the UK, there can be about 20 dentists struck off a month, though sometimes just short-term, for more training. And there’s no communication between the Spanish and British authorities.”
Rao declined to comment on the rejection of his application. His wife told the Olive Press: “Thanks for the call. We will not be commenting.”