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Health Dept: dentist refused to notify public of infection risk

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

A York dentist accused of not properly sterilizing her equipment withheld useful information from the Department of Health, said spokeswoman Holli Senior.

"The Department of Health (PADOH) strongly recommended to Dr. Marcin that she notify patients of improper infection control procedures and offer testing; however, she was not fully cooperative," said Senior. "The department ... notified the public when she would not do so and when she would not provide the department with a patient list."

A Department of Health investigation made public in June found that Dr. Jacqueline A. Marcin did not follow appropriate procedures to properly clean, disinfect or sterilize devices at her dental office, at 1820 E. Market Street.

The department recommended hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV testing for current or former patients who had dental procedures performed directly by Marcin, such as fillings, tooth removals, denture fittings and other procedures.

While the Department of Health does not have the authority to force Marcin to reimburse patients for testing, Senior said she should have made "concrete plans for testing and reimbursement."

Last week patients received a letter from Marcin saying she would do her best to reimburse patients for the cost of testing. Some patients have said they are afraid these are empty words.

Senior said patients should contact Marcin or her attorneys with questions but can also call-in concerns to a special, toll-free hotline (1-855-265-4613) set up by the Department of Health for the investigation.

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