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No sanctions for doctor after misconduct

A doctor who used derogatory nicknames for colleagues and patients will not face any sanctions for her misconduct.

Dr Elizabeth Jasiak, 41, admitted failing to show dignity and respect to patients at Stonefield House, Stafford, between August and October 2009.

A General Medical Council disciplinary panel found the Polish psychiatrist's fitness to practise was not impaired.

But her case "came close to the threshold", panel chairman Dr Elaine Melrose said.

The panel noted there was no criticism made in respect of her clinical abilities or performance.

Incidents took place at a residential rehabilitation unit for adults with learning disabilities and mental health problems.

Dr Jasiak, who was dismissed by South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare Trust in October 2009, admitted inappropriately utilising a workplace computer.

It was proved Dr Jasiak made inappropriate sexualised comments to a fellow worker, known as Miss A, about her physical appearance, and also proved that she failed to treat her colleagues with dignity and respect.

'Blowing off steam'

Giving evidence, Dr Jasiak said there was a culture of using inappropriate language at Stonefield House and that she had "wanted to fit in".

The psychiatrist said she did not personally make up the nicknames and was not the only one in the department who used them.

The unit's culture was such that the jokes and names were a way of "blowing off steam" but she now accepted it was wrong.

Dr Melrose said the panel wished to make it clear that it considered her misconduct "unacceptable".

But she also said it had received no evidence to suggest she had ever conducted herself in such a manner before her employment at the rehabilitation unit.

Dr Melrose said the panel gave "significant weight" to references from colleagues, which gave "glowing reports", and it noted her misconduct occurred "over a relatively short period of time".

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