A dental provider which failed to register its Chester city centre practice has been fined £12,000 by the Care Quality Commission.

Northgate Dental Health Practice was one of three of Integrated Dental Holdings Group’s clinics which carried regulated activities, treatment of disease, disorder or injury, surgical procedures and diagnostic screenings procedures without the appropriate registration since early 2015 as required by law.

The Care Quality Commission issued fixed penalty notices totalling £12,000 to the Northgate Street surgery, Ormesby Dental Practice Partnership in Middlesbrough and White House Dental Practice Partnership in Leicestershire on December 15.

All three practices are now registered correctly.

Registration required by law

Professor Steve Field, chief inspector of primary medical services, said: “We have made it very clear to all dental providers that we would not condone continuing to operate without the necessary registration in place.

“Registration with the Care Quality Commission is required by law in order to protect people who use dental services and we will not hesitate to take legal action where dental providers are found to be operating without registration.”