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HIV SCARE DENTIST FALSIFIED INVOICES; Medic admits misleading investigators.

Byline: sam blewett reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

A DENTIST who sparked an HIV scare for 6000 patients by allegedly using dirty equipment yesterday admitted giving forged documents to NHS investigators.

Alan Morrison faces being struck off for a second time by the General Dental Council.

It was claimed he did not sterilise instruments between treating patients at his clinics in Cumnock and Drongan in Ayrshire. It led to around 6000 of his patients being sent letters warning them they may have contracted HIV.

One of the allegations is that he reused matrix bands - thin metal strips fitted around teeth - on different clients.

Yesterday he admitted falsifying invoices for the bands to investigators from NHS Ayrshire and Arran. The phoney documents apparently showed purchases.

Malcolm Fortune, representing the dentist, told the GDC disciplinary hearing in London: "Mr Alan Morrison responded dishonestly in an investigation into contamination procedures."

The invoices for matrix bands and other items covered a period between September 2011 and July 2013. Fortune said Morrison wished to contest all other allegations against him. These include not changing surgical gloves between patients, reusing drill bits and failing to sterilise others.

The claims arose from a whistleblower who had been offered a job by practice manager Lorraine Kelly but was concerned with hygiene practices.

Dental nurse Kelly faces various allegations, including plotting a cover-up and threatening a former employee.

Morrison was previously struck off for endangering a patient's life in Kilmarnock prison in 2005 but was allowed to practise again. The hearing continues.

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