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Sex probe doctor set for return to work

A Londonderry GP who was issued with a suspension over an alleged "sexually motivated" examination is to go back to work after a holiday.

A statement from the Oakleaf Medical Practice where Dr Lee Casey works expressed "full support" for the Derry doctor.

A General Medical Council (GMC) Fitness Practice hearing ruled earlier this week that Dr Casey should be suspended for nine months.

It found he "took advantage of a vulnerable female" during an examination at the Oakleaf Medical Practice on Great James Street on June 9, 2005. Two allegations made by the patient were found to be proven by the GMC, while two further allegations were not.

The patient had attended the Oakleaf Medical Practice complaining of flu-like symptoms.

One of the conclusions the GMC reached was that Dr Casey was found to have placed his hand inside the patient's bra.

A statement from Oakleaf said: "The GMC process is that the panel's decision will not take effect until the outcome of an appeal is known. A successful appeal can overrule the original panel's decision.

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"As the GMC has determined there are no restrictions on his practice, Dr Casey will be returning to work after a planned family holiday."

It added: "Dr Casey continues to have the full support of all of the partners and staff in Oakleaf Medical Practice."

Dr Casey, who has pioneered a number of community health initiatives across the north west, has 28 days to appeal the GMC's suspension determination.

The panel concluded: "The panel has borne in mind your exemplary 25-year career and considers that the erasure of your name from the Register would deprive the public of the services of an outstanding doctor.

"In the particular circumstances of this case the panel has determined that erasure is not an appropriate or proportionate response in this case."


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