Dentist with Alzheimer’s finally loses licence

Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) wants the Medical Responsibility Board to revoke the licence of a female dentist who suffers from Alzheimer’s.

The woman, who runs her practice from her home in Skåne in southern Sweden, has suffered from the disease for many years.

The Health and Welfare Board writes in its request that the woman forgets patient information and often gets lost at her place of work.

Her memory loss has been getting worse since the start of the decade.

The dentist says that she has stopped treating patients, but has apparently not done so.

From the standpoint of patient safety, the Health and Welfare Board finds it unsatisfactory that the dentist hasn’t quit earlier or been persuaded to cease operations.

Now the woman has stated that she’s not capable of requesting to have her licence revoked, but is thankful that the Health and Welfare Board will take care of the matter for her.