The Alberta Dental Association and College is seeking an injunction to ensure no continuation of an illegal and highly-unsanitary dental practice in southwest Calgary, even after Alberta Health Services issued its own closure order this week.
AHS investigators, who worked in conjunction with the college, have also released details of the closure report which show alarmingly unsanitary conditions in the basement office located at a Somerset residence, including no hand-washing basins, no dedicated sinks for equipment decontamination and a cat litter box in the area housing the air compressor and vacuum units.
“Our biggest priority is to ensure the public is no longer at risk,” said Dr. Randall Croutze, CEO with the dental college.
“And if the person at this location were to continue to practice, she would be in contempt of a court order and face serious legal ramifications.”
Croutze pointed to a similar case in northern Alberta last year when a mother and son were running an illegal dental practice in the small community of La Crete, just north of Peace River. Even after AHS ordered a closure and an injunction was put in place by the courts, both continued to practice, Croutze explained. But because they were found in contempt of the injunction, they were subsequently sentenced to jail time.
This week, AHS issued closure of an illegal, unlicensed practice, at 20 Somervale Close S.W., asking anyone who may…
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