Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Rotherham GP is struck off medical register

A doctor who committed a "gross abuse" of authority and trust when he fondled the breasts of four patients has been struck off the medical register.

Dr Parag Bhatt, 46, was sexually motivated as he groped his victims at a practice in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, a disciplinary panel ruled on Friday.

The General Medical Council fitness to practise heard, one patient had felt "violated" after her visit.

Another, aged 16, has since been unable to seek medical help unaccompanied.

It was the first time the 16-year-old had visited a doctor when he touched her inappropriately, the panel heard.

The GP was found guilty of misconduct in relation to his treatment of six patients at the Rosehill Medical Centre where he worked between January 2007 and September 2007.

Inappropriate check-ups

In all of the cases, in which he touched their breasts as part of the examinations, he was found to have failed to provide adequate explanations to the patients as to what he was doing.

The panel ruled there was no clinical reason for five of the intimate check-ups which were also inappropriate and that he failed to offer a chaperone to four of the patients.

Panel chairman Roland Doven said: "Your actions in relation to Patients C, D, E and F were a gross abuse of your position of authority and the trust which the patients placed in you. Your actions caused harm to your patients."

He said: "The panel considers your conduct to be fundamentally incompatible with your continuing to be a registered medical practitioner."

Dr Bhatt had been working under interim conditions for more than a year up until his erasure at the hearing in Manchester.

He was prevented from undertaking intimate examinations of female patients without a fully registered doctor or nurse present as a chaperone.

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