A 48 – year-old woman bled to death after a dentist pulled out 10 of her teeth.
The family of Magzine Gordon have slammed the short ban dished out to Tushar Patel who removed all her top teeth in two sessions in the same week.
Magzine told him she took blood-thinning medication – but he failed to carry out the required risk assessment, and last week he was banned for a year.
Magzine’s care was described as a “catalog of errors” in an anonymous report earlier this week.
Speaking out for the first time, her devastated family sa id: “He might be a dentist again next year, whereas we will be without Magzine forever.”
Her sister Dawn Boatswain told how she was an LGBT activist and charity volunteer, as well as a dedicated policy adviser for the DWP, advocating for disadvantaged people.
Dawn, a Network Rail manager from Northampton, said: “It was extremely hard for us all and yes, we do have anger and pain.
” But the worst thing for us was how at the inquest never once did he (Dr Patel) make eye contact with us or come over to say sorry.
“No apology will bring her back but he has never apologized to us.
“He did not consider her long term health when treating Magzine and didn’t provide her with even
“I will never forgive him.”
Dawn said her sister put off treatment for gum disease for years before going to see Dr Patel, at the New Park Dental Surgery, in Brixton in July 2018, when her teeth were falling
She said Magzine, from Brixton, expected to have her teeth removed, and get cosmetic replacements.
Documents from the GDC said Magzine told her dentist she was taking warfarin, a blood-thinning medicine to treat a clotting condition.
Dr Patel extracted five of the patient’s teeth on July 13 and five teeth on July 18, but didn’t pack or suture her wounds properly, the report said.
The GDC panel heard Dr Panel failed to discuss with her the complex needs and increased risk of bleeding, or d o proper checks to assess her risk of post-operative bleeding.
The report said he should have taken out a maximum of three teeth at a time.
Magzine went to A&E at King’s College Hospital, London, for help, before retruing home where she collapsed on July 19.
Magzine, who wasn’t married and had no children, lived with her older brother Andrew, who found his sister in a “pool of blood” that apparently resembled a “crime scene”.
She died later that day.
Dawn said: ” The next thing I heard was that Andrew had rang an ambulance because she collapsed.
“I’m not convinced he (Dr Patel) thought about what he was doing .
“It doesn’t feel like he gave her even average level of care.
“I think she was just a number to him, just someone else to get out the door.
” The challenge for me is that a 12 month suspension is nothing he sanction is nowhere near strong enough for what has happened.
“He might be a dentist again next year, whereas we will be without Magzine forever.”
At a hearing on October 14, a GDC professional conduct panel suspended Dr Patel for 12 months.
Patel, who has 30 years’ experience, admitted the allegations of misconduct that were put to him.
According to the report, he expressed remorse and has apologized to the patient’s family.
But Magzine’s siblings have said no one in the family has received an apology from Dr Patel.
Dawn paid tribute to her sister, who she described as a “committed” community volunteer who loved to help other people.
“She had lots of friends and did so much for the local community”, said Dawn.
“She set up a support group for the LGBT community and was always smiling, was always happy and was a very positive person.
“Magzine was only concerned about fighting other people’s corner and always stood up for people.
” She loved to help people and we are very proud of her fo r that. “
During her time working for the Department for Work and Pensions she was proud of her work on policies for
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A JustGiving page was set up in Magzine’s memory by one of her dearest friends, Janet Connelly, to raise money for LGBT charity London Friend.
On there she paid tribute to her “passionate friend” who was “so sharp, full of sparkle and loud and infectious”.
Other friends described her as “an amazing woman”.