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Aylesbury Doctor Struck Off


4:50pm 23rd June 2011

A doctor from Aylesbury's been struck off - after admitting having a relationship with a vulnerable patient.

Today, the General Medical Council told Doctor Hugh Martin, he was no longer fit to practice - and his name has been immediately taken off the GMC register.

He practised at the Whitehill Surgery - and was found to have not only conducted an affair with his patient, but also falsified documents over the amount prescription drugs given to her.

Martin was even found to have delayed a visit to another terminally ill patient to spend time with the 29 year-old.

The 55 year-old is now free to appeal - but isn't allowed to practice until any appeal is concluded

Below - read a summary of the letter sent by the GMC to Dr Martin.

"Dr Martin,

Having determined that your fitness to practise is impaired by reason of your misconduct, the Panel has now considered whether it is necessary to make a direction in respect of your registration. In so doing it has had regard to all of the evidence put before it. It has taken account of the submissions made on behalf of the General Medical Council (GMC) by Ms Plaschkes QC together with the submissions made on your behalf by Mr Peacock.

(We had read submissions) that you had violated two of the fundamental duties of a doctor in embarking on a sexual relationship with a patient and by your dishonest actions and your provision of poor clinical care to a patient.

The (GMC) had to take into account eight aggravating features and submitted that your behaviour is fundamentally incompatible with your continued registration and that the appropriate sanction would be one of erasure.
It has been submitted that erasure was not the only means of maintaining confidence in the profession and invited the Panel to consider suspending your name from the medical register. Evidence given by your colleagues which suggested indicates that you are a caring and dedicated GP and your remedial actions and suggest the risk of repetition by you is minimal.

We have read reports of your remorse and deep regret for your actions.

In reaching its decision the Panel first determined that having regard to the misconduct found proved it would be wholly inappropriate to conclude this case without taking any further action.

In weighing the seriousness of your behaviour, the Panel has taken into account that you began a sexual relationship with a patient whom you knew to be vulnerable and that her vulnerability was precisely in the area that you exploited for your own gratification. As a result, this patient suffered harm by your actions and her condition worsened. You abused your position of trust.

The relationship which you initiated continued over a period of seven months when you had many opportunities to avoid further wrongdoing. You have admitted that you were aware that what you were doing was wrong, but you deliberately continued in your actions. The Panel notes that the relationship only ended after your wife confronted you about the affair.

You planned and undertook sexual relations with Ms A at the surgery where she had come to you for help and, on one such occasion, during a clinical consultation. This compounds the seriousness of your misconduct.

You were dishonest in altering patient records. You were dishonest in issuing tablets for Ms A in the name of another patient. You were dishonest in selecting a patient registered with one of your partners in whose name to issue this prescription. You were dishonest in certifying that the patient for whom the tablets were intended was exempt from prescription charges.

You compromised the clinical care of Ms A when you did not make adequate assessments or formulate management plans before prescribing medication to her, did not keep records of the medication given to her, gave her medication prescribed in the names of other patients and altered her medical records. You also gave Ms A an excessive quantity of sleeping tablets at a time when she was emotionally labile and did not inform her new GP of the medication you had given her. You also compromised the clinical care of Mrs BS in that you delayed attending to her when asked to do so and wrote a prescription in her name for medication which she did not receive and altered her medical records.

The Panel has concluded that your behaviour throughout was motivated by putting your own interests before those of patients and your partners at the Whitehill Surgery.

You have broken fundamental tenets of 'Good Medical Practice'. Your misconduct amounts to behaviour which is fundamentally incompatible with being a registered medical practitioner.

The Panel considers that when doctors behave as you have done, they damage not only the patients whose trust they have abused but also put at risk the essential trust which is necessary between the public and the medical profession in general.

Patients are entitled to expect that when they consult with a doctor, they will be treated with dignity and respect, and not used for the practitioner's sexual gratification.

The Panel is satisfied that your misconduct will have damaged the reputation of the profession. Doctors, patients and the public at large need to be reassured that serious misconduct of the kind in which you have engaged repeatedly and for an extended period cannot be tolerated.

The Panel has determined that a direction suspending your registration, even for the maximum period of 12 months, would not be sufficient to protect the wider public interest in upholding proper standards. Suspending your registration would not be proportionate to the seriousness of your misconduct even taking into account the testimonials and other evidence of your character and the evidence given by Drs Reveley and Whiteman.

The Panel is satisfied that the only sufficient and proportionate way in which patients, the public and the reputation of the profession can be protected is by directing the Registrar to erase your name from the Medical Register.

The Panel therefore revokes the current interim order and directs that your name be erased from the register.

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