Essex GP Gordon Barclay struck off for patient sex abuse

An Essex GP who sexually abused a patient over three years has been struck off.

Dr Gordon Barclay threatened to withhold a prescription unless the woman gave in to his demands, and once told her it was "an examination, not sex", the General Medical Council (GMC) heard.

In 2006, he subjected a second woman to an unjustified intimate examination.

The GMC found all allegations proved and said his actions were "deplorable".

Dr Barclay was investigated by police over attacks on both women but faced no criminal prosecution in the case of Patient A, the GMC's Fitness to Practise Panel heard.

The panel was told a judge later directed a jury to acquit Dr Barclay during a crown court trial over Patient B, who said she felt distressed after an examination at the surgery.

The panel heard Patient A was sexually abused on many occasions from 2003, both at the surgery and on unwarranted home visits.

Dr Barclay tacitly threatened to withhold a prescription for medication unless she complied with his demands to "examine" her, and had sex with her to "check for fibroids", the panel was told.

No chaperones

During one home visit, he waved a prescription in her face and said "you need that... I need to examine you."

Patient A revealed she had been abused in 2007, when another doctor spoke to her about chaperones being present during examinations - something Dr Barclay had never offered her.

The GMC found nine allegations in relation to Patient A were proved, along with three allegations in the case of Patient B.

The panel said Dr Barclay told Patient A Prozac was "mad people's medicine" and that if anyone found out she was taking it she would be "locked up".

"He sexually assaulted her in the most degrading manner in the clinical setting of his surgery and in the privacy and sanctity of her own home," panel chairman Sheila Hewitt said.

"Dr Barclay's case represents one of the most serious forms of abuse both of a patient and of his own privileged position as a member of the medical profession."

The panel said Dr Barclay had shown no remorse.

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