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Viagra fraud doctor struck off

A doctor who forged prescriptions for Viagra because he was too embarrassed to see a GP has been struck off.

Mansoor Kassim, 37, was given a suspended jail term in January after he pleaded guilty to theft, forgery and fraud which involved collecting the tablets at pharmacies near his then workplace at Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport, South Wales.

The first of his bogus prescriptions, which contained details of non-existent patients and doctors, was stolen on the second day of his employment by the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, where he also worked at Ystrad Fawr Hospital near Caerphilly.

Today, a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) panel sitting in Manchester ruled his fitness to practise was impaired by reasons of his convictions and erased him from the register.

Giving evidence, Dr Kassim told the panel his crimes over a eight-month period were a "one-off" and "a stupid mistake" which he would not repeat.

But the panel considered the "premeditated, opportunistic and prolonged nature of your offences does not amount to behaviour fundamentally incompatible with being a doctor".

Panel chairman Professor Michael Whitehouse said: "The panel has concluded that, despite some indication of insight, your opportunistic behaviour indicates that you have an underlying attitudinal problem.

"It had regard to the fact that you stole prescription forms at the first available opportunity on 26 February 2013, one day after you commenced your employment with Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (ABUHB).

"The panel also expressed concern that your dishonesty appears deep-seated given the protracted period over which your offences took place."

The panel had concluded he had shown insight "of a limited nature", he added.

Kassim was sentenced in January to eight months in prison, suspended for 12 months, in a hearing at Newport Magistrates' Court

Between February and October last year he stole nine prescription forms from the trauma and orthopaedic unit where he worked as a clinical fellow and presented five of them to various pharmacies in Newport.

Some of the prescriptions were for 20 tablets at a time of sildenafil, better known as Viagra.

This year's court hearing was told that Kassim had found it "shameful, given his cultural background, to be inadequate in the bedroom".

The panel said it took note of his explanation for his behaviour but considered that a doctor's cultural background could not excuse his level of departure from good medical practice.

Kassim has recently been working under supervision at Maidstone Hospital in Kent.

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