Hospital doctor struck off after sex allegations

A DOCTOR who was 'sexually intimate' with a patient while on duty in the accident and emergency department at Weston General Hospital has

A DOCTOR who was 'sexually intimate' with a patient while on duty in the accident and emergency department at Weston General Hospital has been struck off.On Wednesday, a General Medical Council (GMC) panel concluded that Dr Timothy Davey's fitness to practise was impaired. It said: "In view of the serious findings regarding Dr Davey's conduct, it is necessary that his registration be suspended with immediate effect."In June the Weston & Somerset Mercury revealed that Dr Davey, who worked at the Grange Road hospital for eight years, had resigned amid a series of allegations about his conduct, which were later proven to be true.The GMC, which regulates doctors and works to ensure good medical practice, heard that Dr Davey 'pursued a sexual relationship' with a woman identified only as Miss AL, between December 2002 to around November 2003, after treating her for a knee injury at the hospital.A fitness to practise panel found that he 'engaged in flirtatious conversation' with Miss AL when treating her injured knee and gave the woman his personal mobile telephone number for an 'update on her condition'.Text messages 'of a flirtatious manner' were exchanged 'when Miss AL was treated by Dr Davey'.A GMC report said: "Dr Davey giving Miss AL his personal mobile telephone number was inappropriate and an abuse of his position as a medical practitioner."During the course of the relationship Dr Davey acted in a professional capacity towards Miss AL by signing a sick pay form and providing her with a letter in which he stated he was 'acting consultant emergency medicine'. The GMC report added: "Dr Davey was not Miss AL's doctor at those times and was not, nor had he ever been acting consultant emergency medicine'. At a hearing this week a panel found Dr Davey's actions to be 'inappropriate, dishonest, an abuse of his position by a medical practitioner and below the standard expected of a medical practitioner'. The Weston & Somerset Mercury tried to contact Dr Davey, who has 28 days to appeal against the decision, after the hearing concluded on Wednesday morning but he could not be reached for comment.

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