(Yahoo UK News) ~ A British dentist faces the possibility of losing his job after he was found guilty of professional misconduct after he broke wind in front of patients and colleagues.
35-year-old Matthew Walton is awaiting his punishment from the General Dental Council following a disciplinary ruling. According to Walton's co-workers at the Green End Dental Practice the "rude" and "inappropriate" dentist seemed to take pleasure in farting in front of them while they ate their lunch. The doctor claimed he had "inadvertent" outbreaks of gas during his employment at the practice between August 2006 and December 2007.
At a previous hearing in February a dental nurse, who worked with Walton, told a panel how she frequently complained to him about his ill-mannered bad habit. "I just asked him to stop doing it" she said, "It was annoying. I didn't like the smell around the practice and it made us feel sick." The panel also found Walton guilty of other charges, including his lack of respect for the elderly, the disabled and ethnic minorities, and regularly swearing in front of patients and staff during surgery. On some occasions, the foul-mouthed dentist made rude gestures, like sticking two fingers up behind the backs of patients he didn't like. He was even found guilty of asking poorer patients to pay money upfront, going so far as to look in purses and wallets if he didn't believe them.
Committee chairman Valerie Paterson said: "The committee accepted that you made such enquiries in a way which was considered by them to be offensive. The committee noted your evidence that if a patient could not show an ability to pay you would send them away and ask them to return on another occasion." Walton apologised before the panel members and admitted that his behaviour was juvenile saying he felt frustrated at work. The General Dental Council is currently considering the appropriate punishment.