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British dentist charged over death of patient in France

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British dentist charged over death of patient in France
An illustration image showing a dentist wearing protective equipment treating a patient in France. (Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP)

French prosecutors have charged two dentists over the death of a patient in south-west France, with media reporting that one of the dentists was British and had been banned from practising dentistry in the UK.

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The charges have been brought by prosecutors in south-west France after a retiree died following dental treatment.

Regional newspaper Sud Ouest on Monday reported that one of those indicted was a British citizen who had been "disbarred for life in England for prescribing expensive treatments without medical reason".

The patient was a 68-year-old retiree who decided to have dental implants fitted while visiting her children in the southwestern region of Gironde from the overseas territory of Guadeloupe, Sud Ouest reported.

She underwent the procedure on July 3rd last year and died of cardiac arrest the next day in a hospital in the city of Bordeaux.

The Bordeaux prosecutor's office said one of the dentists had been charged with involuntary manslaughter and failure to assist a person in danger, and banned from leaving France or practising dentistry.

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A second dentist and their assistant were charged with failing to assist the patient, and also barred from leaving the country. It was not immediately clear which one was British.

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