Rogue dentist struck off

A dentist jailed for seven years after scamming almost £1.4million out of the NHS has been struck off by the General Dental Council.

Live updates

Actions of dentist in £1.4m fraud 'cannot be remedied'

A rogue dentist who fleeced the NHS of almost £1.4million "brought the profession into disrepute", the General Dental Council has ruled.

In making the decision to strike off Joyce Trail, the council's Professional Conduct Committee said her actions could never be put right.

The gravity of Ms Trail’s convictions offended fundamental standards of behaviour expected of a member of the dental profession.

Her convictions go to her character and her actions are incapable of remedy.

She has brought the profession into disrepute and remains subject to the lengthy custodial sentences imposed upon her by the court.

– General Dental Council's Professional Conduct Committee

Unless she appeals the decision, Trail's name will be struck off the register in 33 days’ time.

How Birmingham dentist fleeced NHS of £1.4m

Scam artist Joyce Trail is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence after being found guilty of fraud - and she has now been struck off the register by the General Dental Council.

The GDC's Professional Conduct Committee heard that between April 2006 and March 2009, she submitted a staggering 7,141 fraudulent claims for payment to the NHS.

These included:

  • Pain treatment for patients she had not treated
  • Fitting dentures to people who did not need them
  • Fitting dentures to people who were not entitled to have their treatment paid for by the NHS
  • Provision of dentures to people who, it turned out, were dead

In total, £1,376,423 was paid to Trail that she was not entitled to.

Advertisement

Dodgy dentist jailed for £1.4m NHS fraud struck off

A dentist who was jailed for seven years after scamming the NHS out of almost £1.4million has been struck off the medical register by the General Dental Council (GDC).

Joyce Trail, of Park Drive, Little Aston, Sutton Coldfield, was convicted of conspiracy to defraud in July following a five-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court last year.

Joyce Trail, who submitted fraudulent claims to the NHS Credit: ITV News Central

The GDC has now ruled she "brought the profession into disrepute" and decided to revoke her licence to practice.

She now has 33 days to appeal the decision.

Back to top