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There were about 3,000 quack dentists operating in the country other than registered dentists, Former President General Dental Practitioners Association, Dr Hilary Cooray said.

He was addressing the media after an award ceremony for ‘Dental Awards - 2018’ organised for the first time to honour and recognise those in the dental profession in the country. 

The ceremony was held at the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre yesterday.

“There are more than 3,000 dentists who were registered with the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) but about 2,500 dentists are active,” he said.

“Those bogus dentists were not real doctors but they were the people who assisted for dental doctors. Real doctors are the people who were registered with the SLMC with a displayed registered number. 

“Even the registered number was printed on their prescriptions to state that they are qualified doctors,” Dr Cooray said.

He said the quack dentists could also display a number to claim that they were also registered with the SLMC. 

“The best way to check was to check their names through the SLMC. There was no other way to identify them.

“It is very hard to capture those bogus dentists and to take legal actions against them. 

“Patients have to come to Police stations to make complaints and go to courts against them.

Several patients come to us with severe consequences after being treated by these quacks,” 

“Patients complain that they cannot go to courts and waste their time and money. Our association advises people to be aware of these quacks,” he said. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

 

 

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  • voted Tuesday, 06 November 2018 01:49 PM

    there are some quacks in the parliament too Dr. Cooray. quacky dentist who removes from the public money.

    Lawry Tuesday, 06 November 2018 02:16 PM

    The dentists that don't 'quack' charge an arm and a leg to do just a tooth filling. Others only specialise in extracting the whole tooth.

    Yahiya Tuesday, 06 November 2018 02:22 PM

    Where your official minister. link with him. He may next prime minister of the country.

    Selvaratnam Tuesday, 06 November 2018 08:59 PM

    Who were looking after the health of the Tamils and the Sinhalese before the arrival of the European invaders ?

    nawayojana Wednesday, 07 November 2018 08:24 AM

    There should be a dedicated authority in Srilanka that is strong enough to punish dentists who don't use an unused pair of hand gloves for every patient and who don't sterilise surgical instruments (@ 100 degrees Celsius for. 20 minutes) properly for every patient.Who is responsible?

    Andrew Dias Wednesday, 07 November 2018 10:58 AM

    Is the medical Council sleeping/ Don't they have the power to raid these quacks?


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