Dodgy Brixton dentist Young Jun Suh has been ordered to pay £104,232.89 in compensation to the NHS within 6 months or face a second two year jail sentence.
Following an investigation by NHS Protect, Suh received a two year jail sentence in January last year for inventing patients in order to claim back £109,000 for their ‘treatment’ from the NHS. He was erased from the GDC’s register on 15th December 2011. ‘Erased’, sounds like something Daleks would do.
Young Jun Suh, 43, of Montaigne Close, Belgravia, London, pleaded guilty to fraud and theft totalling £109,000. He had submitted false claims to NHS Dental Services and deceived NHS patients into being treated and charged privately.
Of the hundreds of Suh’s payment claims analysed by NHS Protect investigators, around half raised doubts. Pencil notes on the cards, made by Suh, signified dubious claims.
Most of the signatures on patient forms appeared to be from real patients, but did not always match the name on the record card. Many forms had been altered using correcting fluid, disguising original details such as name and date of birth. On one card, the genuine surname ‘Raptopoulous’ had been altered to ‘Laptopooloo’.
On some occasions, Suh had been asked to supply NHS Dental Services with patient record cards to support his claims for payment, but what he provided was very limited and appeared to have been rewritten. In December 2004, when he was asked to provide additional record cards for further analysis, he produced only three cards, claiming his practice in Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London, had recently been flooded and many cards had been destroyed. At that time, he was ordered to repay £30,075.06.
The issue of ghost patients came to light in 2005 via a phone call to NHS Protect’s Fraud and Corruption Reporting Line. A member of the public had received a patient questionnaire addressed to a woman they had never heard of. Nor had they heard of Mr Suh. The name proved to be the first of many ‘ghost patients’ registered at Suh’s practice. Well done that person, they ought to get an OBE instead of some Cameron crony.
Suh was arrested in May 2007, when 15,000 patient record cards were seized in searches of his home and practice. Further discrepancies were discovered when a number of his patients were examined by NHS Protect’s expert dentist in October 2008.