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Penalty committee to decide on Kamloops dentist

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August 21, 2015 - 2:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - A penalty committee will decide next week if a Kamloops dentist will still be allowed to practice and what, if any, penalties to impose after his sedated patient suffered a heart attack.

Dr. Bobby Rishiraj from the Kamloops Oral Surgery and Implant Centre will attend the hearing in Vancouver on Monday, Aug. 24.

Rishiraj was investigated by the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia after the November 2012 incident. A panel of investigators allege Rishiraj provided deep sedation to his patient, which he was not approved to do.

Hamu Zindoga had a heart attack and subsequently suffered a brain injury.

The panel’s penalty decision could range from a reprimand, to his removal from the dental college registry.

Last month, Rishiraj indicated plans to appeal the college’s claims against him.

He and his dental assistant, Sara Chalmers, have also issued a response in Vancouver Supreme Court to a civil suit from Zindoga.

The trial for the civil suit will begin in October 2016.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at, or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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