Accused dentist waives hearing on license
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The Tulsa oral surgeon at the center of a public health scare involving thousands of patients has waived his right to a hearing before the state's dentistry board.
The decision by Dr. W. Scott Harrington through his attorney came during a phone meeting Friday with state dental officials.
Harrington faced an April 19 hearing where his license could have been suspended.
He voluntarily submitted his credentials March 20 and faces an Aug. 16 license revocation hearing.
Health officials last month urged some 7,000 of Harrington's patients to be tested for possible exposure to hepatitis and the virus that causes AIDS after finding unsanitary conditions at his Tulsa and Owasso clinics.
Health officials say the transmission of infectious diseases in dental offices is extremely rare.
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