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GMC: Gynaecologist Kandanearachchi sexually motivated

A gynaecologist judged to have acted "inappropriately" towards two patients and a colleague has been found to have committed misconduct.

Dr Priyantha Perera Kandanearachchi worked for Cardiff and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg health boards

He denied his behaviour was sexually motivated, but a General Medical Council (GMC) panel in Manchester found it was in two of the cases.

A decision has yet to be taken on the sanctions he faces.

The panel heard that Dr Kandanearachchi admitted that during a consultation with patient in November 2008 and another in February 2010 he had acted in an inappropriate manner.

But he denied many of the allegations made against him or that they were sexually motivated. The panel ruled in one of these instances it was.

It also ruled his actions towards a female colleague in July 2010 were inappropriate and sexually motivated.

It found Dr Kandanearachchi "crossed the professional boundaries" in all three instances and his behaviour was "a serious departure from the standards expected of a registered medical practitioner."

"The panel is in no doubt that your actions amount to misconduct," its ruling stated.

"The panel is of the view that such repeated misconduct undermines the confidence that the public is entitled to place in the medical profession, damages its reputation, and shows a marked lack of integrity."

It said his "fitness to practise is impaired by reason of your misconduct".

It has yet to rule on what sanction, if any, will be imposed on Dr Kandanearachchi's registration.

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