A PROMINENT Gympie Queensland dentist who is facing rape and assault charges is banned from treating patients.
Queensland Health Ombudsman Leon Atkinson-MacEwen on February 22 suspended Dr Jebson John Pidgeon Herrod from working as a dentist until November 30, 2017.
Mr Atkinson-MacEwen's ruling was made shortly after the 36-year-old former Beachmere resident was committed to stand trial on two counts of rape, 16 assault charges and four other charges.
Dr Herrod operated a dental clinic for many years in Gympie and is now living in Brisbane.
His trial date has not yet been set.
The restriction follows a decision in November that ordered Dr Herrod to only treat patients in the presence of another health professional.
- ARM NEWSDESK
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