Dental council seeks to revoke licence of indebted ‘fraud’

national September 20, 2017 12:14

By The Nation

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The Dental Council wants to revoke the licence of Harvard School of Dental Medicine lecturer Dolrudee Jumlongras, who violated government scholarship conditions for working in Thailand and has failed to repay the scholarship funding she received.

Council chairman Paisal Kangwolkij said on Wednesday the decision was made at a September 14 meeting.

He said the former Mahidol University lecturer’s resignation before fully repaying the scholarship money breached a code of ethics established by the dentistry profession in 1995 and tarnished both the profession and the country’s reputation. 

Paisal said the council would submit its resolution to the Public Health Minister, who acts as the council’s “special chairman”.

If approved, an administrative order will be issued for Dolrudee’s licence to be revoked. 

Dolrudee’s failure to repay Bt24 million in funding to Mahidol University and the Office of Higher Education Commission led to a Central Administrative Court ruling in February 2006.

According to the council, the court found that she appeared to be avoiding repayment of the debt. It ordered her four guarantors to do so on her behalf. 

The guarantors pressed Dolrudee to repay the debt, but she claimed she had no money, despite reportedly having sufficient assets to do so, the council said. 

It said Dolrudee agreed to sell off overseas assets to repay the guarantors, but then failed to send them any money.

The council accused her of fraud and of tarnishing the reputations of the profession, Thai society and the country.

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