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The Tory MP’s dental practice where he juggles a second job fails safety inspection


Sir Paul Beresford told the Mirror his practice only “technically” fails CQC checks. The Dentistry and Oral Health Parliamentary Group he chairs aims to ‘raise the profile of dentistry’

A Tory MP who chairs the parliamentary group on dentistry has seen his own dental practice fail its safety inspection.

Sir Paul Beresford, Chairman of the APPG for Dentistry and Oral Health, runs his own private dental practice, Beresford Dental Practice Ltd, in Wandsworth, south-west London.

He is listed on the Care Quality Commission (CQC) website as a registered manager responsible for “treatment of disease, disorder or injury”, “surgical procedures” and “diagnostic and medical procedures”. screening”.

But after the CQC inspected his practice last November, officials ruled his practice “did not provide safe care.”

The report published in January 2022 stated: “We found that this practice did not provide safe care in accordance with current regulations.

Sir Paul Beresford, Conservative MP for Mole Valley


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“We found that this practice did not provide well-directed care in accordance with current regulations,” he added.

CQC officials went on to specifically criticize Sir Paul’s leadership in practice: “The supplier has failed to demonstrate that there are effective systems of leadership and management, including monitoring, evaluation and mitigation risks and the implementation of systems to monitor and improve the service.”

Feryal Clark, Shadow Minister for Primary Care and Patient Safety, said: ‘With the cost of living crisis really starting to bite and workers braced for tax hikes, it will cause yet another headache. teeth to preservatives.

“After his own dental practice failed a safety inspection, Beresford’s role as chairman of the parliamentary group on dentistry is hard to swallow.”

After the report on the dance, the CQC urged the practice to take several steps to meet regulatory requirements under “enforcement action.”

Mr Beresford said the CQC has since given his practice an impeccable bill of health. He told the Mirror his practice had only “technically” failed and insisted last Wednesday that the CQC review his practice and deem it safe.

Shadow Minister for Primary Care and Patient Safety, Feryal Clark



“They are writing the report now. It will take time,” he said.

The updated report to which Sir Paul refers has not yet been published and has not been acknowledged by the CQC.

Other issues highlighted by the CQC include:

  • There was no guarantee that the x-ray equipment had been tested and verified in accordance with the applicable national regulations and guidelines.
  • The supplier had not registered with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and had not appointed a radiation protection adviser (RPA) or radiation protection supervisor.
  • There was no Legionella risk assessment in place.
  • There was no risk assessment in general medicine.

Sir Paul often cites her expertise when praising the government’s work on dental issues.

During a debate last year, he chastised Labor MP Mohamed Yasin for raising issues with emergency dentistry in the UK, saying: ‘His speech was a barrage of negativity, and that’s not is not all negativity in this area,” adding, “I’m a practicing dentist.”

Sir Paul made headlines in 2009 when it was revealed he had designated his London property, which includes his surgery, as his second home on his parliamentary allowances, claiming part of the running costs of the building from the expenses.

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