A dentist who offered free treatment in exchange for hugs and kisses has been struck off the dental register.
Parag Patel, of North End House, Nugents Park, Pinner , initially treated a female patient in exchange for a hug but that developed into kisses on the cheek and then the lips, the General Dental Council (GDC) heard.
The dentist, who worked at Facial Wellness, in Wimpole Street, Marylebone , between January 2012 and November 2014, was found by the council's Professional Conduct Committee to have committed multiple counts of inappropriate sexual conduct.
He was also found to have practised without indemnity insurance and to have treated patients without informed consent.
The committee ruled, following a hearing held between June 20 and June 27, that Mr Patel's conduct was "a significant departure from the standards expected of a registered dental professional".
'I insisted I should have to pay but he said a hug was enough'
The committee heard from one patient who said she was offered treatment in exchange for a hug or a kiss and was later given discounted prices while they were in a physical relationship.
"I insisted that I should have to pay for the treatment, but he asked for a hug and said that that would be enough," the patient said.
"I found this strange and felt that I should not be doing it, but agreed to it anyway.
"This then developed into requests for kisses on the cheek and then on the lips in return for the work he had done."
The committee, before which Mr Patel did not appear, found that he had failed to maintain appropriate professional boundaries.
It also found he had failed to adequately make an assessment, recorded a diagnosis in generally unrecognised terminology, proposed an inappropriate treatment, failed to adequately inform the patient and failed to keep adequate records.
Mr Patel was given 28 days in which to appeal against his removal from the register before it takes effect. He has been suspended in the meantime.