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Doctor denies sex comments claim

A doctor made up sexualised and derogatory nicknames for colleagues and patients, a General Medical Council disciplinary hearing was told.

Dr Elizabeth Jasiak, 41, who worked for South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare Trust, denies making inappropriate comments to a colleague.

She also denies failing to treat her and others with dignity and respect.

The doctor admits failing to show dignity and respect to patients, and inappropriately utilising a computer.

The incidents were said to have taken place while she worked in the "highly stressful" environment at a unit in Staffordshire for patients with learning difficulties and challenging behaviour who were described as "very vulnerable".

The GMC fitness to practise hearing in Manchester was told that Dr Jasiak had made inappropriate and sexualised comments concerning the physical appearance of a health care support worker at Stonefield House in Stafford between August and October 2009.

Terence Rigby, for the GMC, said a number of remarks were made either to her or about her by the doctor.

'Incredibly disrespectful'

Mr Rigby said after she left the employment of the healthcare trust in October 2009, it instructed an IT expert to look at her work computer use between July and October 2009 where it was found she had used it "hundreds of times" for personal use, which flouted work rules.

Giving evidence, clinical psychologist Tracy Proctor said the doctor's comments about patients were never made in front of them and were intended to be jokes which Dr Jasiak thought were funny.

Asked what she thought of Dr Jasiak's treatment to colleagues and patients, she said: "I felt it was incredibly disrespectful to both."

The hearing continues on Tuesday.

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