BC dentist loses licence after more than 70 incidents of misconduct

Jan 3 2020, 5:33 pm

A BC dentist who “practiced incompetently and committed professional misconduct” more than 70 times over a three-year period has now lost his licence to practice, following an investigation by the College of Dental Surgeons of BC (CDSBC)

According to the decision this “misconduct” by Dr. Bin Xu, who practiced in Richmond, encompassed many areas of general practice, “including diagnosis and treatment planning, record keeping and billing.”

The panel found that “taken together, the issues with Dr. Xu’s practice, including billing patients upfront and not completing treatment, taking advantage of elderly and vulnerable patients, and the nature of his dealings with his patients and the College crossed a serious ethical threshold and amounted to professional misconduct.”

The panel also found a “concerning pattern of deficiencies in the treatment Dr. Xu provided to his patients and as a result, found that Dr. Xu had practiced incompetently.”

As a result of the investigation and their findings, the CDSBC asked the panel to impose sanctions on Dr. Xu, which included a reprimand, cancellation of Dr. Xu’s registration with a condition that he not be permitted to reapply for a period of three years from the date of the penalty order.

The panel agreed and imposed a number of conditions on Xu, which included cancelling his registration with the CDSBC, and not allowing him to apply for reinstatement of his registration with the College for a period of five years.

Conditions for Dr. Xu’s eligibility to apply for reinstatement include:

  • Successful completion of all years of a general dentistry program
  • Successful completion of the National Dental Examining Board examinations
  • Successful completion of a professional ethics course

And even if he succeeds in successfully reinstating his registration Xu will still have a number of conditions placed on his dental practice. These conditions include:

  • Only practicing as an associate under the direct supervision of a dentist approved by the College for a period of three years, and not participating in the billing or receipt of patient fees for services
  • Entering into a monitoring and inspection agreement with the College for a period of two years from the date of resumption of dental practice, by which his patient charts are reviewed by the College every six months and regular reporting on Xu’s practice by the college to the inquiry committee at least every three months on Dr. Xu’s practice.

In addition, XU must also pay a $50,000 fine to the CDSBC, as well as pay costs to the College in the amount of $48,117.24, of which $34,650.00 is attributable to legal fees and $13,467.24 is attributable to disbursements incurred by the College.