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Treatment at the dentist’s was not safe By Kayleigh Williams
An inspection at an NHS dental practice highlighted major concerns just days before its closure.
Patients at West Street Dental Practice in Congleton did not receive “effective, safe and appro-
riate” treatment, the inspection concluded.
There was a risk of contamination and there weren’t enough staff with the right knowledge, experience, qualification and skills to meet patients’ health needs.
But speaking to the “Chronicle” yesterday (Wednesday) dentist Setumo Madiehe said his life had een ruined and claimed he wasn’t given a chance to produce an action plan.
The practice, which had more than 100 patients, closed suddenly in October.
Major concerns have been revealed in a report just published by the Care Quality Commission.
They relate to care and welfare of patients, cleanliness and infection control, safety, availability and suitability of equipment and staffing.
Central and Eastern Cheshire Primary Care Trust, which terminated the practice’s contract, has also said it found evidence of a poor standard of patient examination and poor record keeping.
Mr Madiehe is still able to practice and has another surgery in Aintree, Merseyside, with Lindani Hlophe. His name appears on door of the West Street practice although it is not clear if he still worked at West Street when it closed.
The commission ordered the
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Congleton Vets practice to produce an action plan within seven days to counteract its concerns, to prevent its closure.
Mr Madiehe said: “There is nothing that I can do, my life has been ruined but I will rise above it. The commission recommended that I produce an action plan but the trust never gave me the chance, they decided to cancel the contract. At the current state of the country it would be suicide to open privately, it would be a fatal exercise.”
The report highlighted major concerns about the water system being contaminated with poisonous mercury, equipment not being decontaminated and single use items that had been in patients’ mouths being reused.
The report followed a visit to the practice by commission inspectors just days before its closure which found clinical waste bags split open and stored with equipment and medicines, leading to potential cross-contamination.
Inspectors found no evidence that disinfectant was used when patients had their crown or denture impressions taken.
The report said that the practice was not compliant with essential requirements of decontamination guidelines and had major concerns with cleanliness and infection control.
During the inspection the commission found that the emergency drugs kit was hidden in a locked store cupboard in a little used surgery.
There were no child oxygen masks, no record of oxygen cylinder checks, and the drug midazolam, an epileptic fit treatment, was missing.
Other concerns raised in the commission’s report included and x-ray machine in poor condition.
Investigators said: “We saw that the electrical wiring was worn inside the machine. The electrical socket to which it was connected was coming away from the wall. There was no isolation switch outside the surgery, which meant that an operator taking the x-ray from a safe distance could not switch off the machine safely in the event of an emergency.”
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Puppeteers Oliver Carter, (6), and Liam Conroy, (9), from St Mary’s Primary School joined thousands of people across the area on Friday to raise money for Children In Need. Pupils at the Bosley junior school made the Pudsey puppets to raise money for the worthy cause. To find out what other fundraisers got up to, turn to page 28. (“Chronicle” photo. 4721a/11).
How will one-day strike hit you? Nobody really knows
There is confusion about which Cheshire East Council services would be affected by a predicted one-day strike on Wednesday and a council spokesman admitted “people tell us one thing and tell you another”, referring to information given to the “Chronicle”.
the information that the “Chronicle” has, it seems that there is a possibility it might close.
Congleton Horticultural Society, which normally meets monthly at the library on a Wednesday, has booked St Mary’s RC Parish Rooms for its meeting. One member said: “We had a terrible job trying to get somewhere. It’s caused a lot o inconvenience because people are use to turning up to our meetings at the library.”
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The dispute, involving several unions, has arisen because of Government plans to change pension rules for public sector employees. Discussions with the trade unions are continuing.
Bin men, teachers, nurses, and PCSOs might not turn up to work and the council’s adult care and healthcare services could be hit. Unions do not have to inform employers of their plans.
There is uncertainty for parents, as schools have yet to decide whether or not they will close. School transport would be hit.
Cheshire East had announced that most services would be affected but would operate at a lower level.
The council said it had been informed by staff that Congleton Library would stay open but an employee told the “Chronicle” that the library would “definitely be shut”.
A council spokesman admitted on Tuesday: “The truth as we know it now, is that it could be closed but the information given to us by the library this morning was that it would stay open and all libraries were going to remain open.
“We felt confident that the libraries would remain open, but with
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