A spokesperson for NHS Ayrshire & Arran, said:
“NHS Ayrshire & Arran operate in an open and transparent environment.
“While NHS Ayrshire & Arran has ultimate financial and clinical governance accountability for general dental services, the Chief Executive and Medical Director have no routine role in determining payment verification for dental services. This is carried out by Practitioner Services, part of NHS National Services Scotland, which investigated the alleged mis-claiming by the Quadrant practice in Ayr, and reported that to the relevant NHS Ayrshire & Arran committee.
“The initial scope of claims considered for review was in excess of £300,000. However, after investigation, Practitioner Services quantified the extent of mis-claiming to be between £77,000 and £85,000, plus the consequent effect to practice allowances and superannuation costs. Of this, £72,500 has been recovered by Practitioner Services, and the remaining amount is subject to continuing investigation and recovery processes.
“This matter remains under the responsibility of Practitioner Services and as such the Board can make no further comment.
“NHS Ayrshire & Arran has accepted the Tribunal’s findings.”