A Christian GP who asked a troubled patient if he had considered faith in Jesus said he is being “denied a proper hearing” after a medical watchdog ruled his accuser can give evidence in private and over the telephone.
A General Medical Council (GMC) Investigation Committee, which is examining the case of Dr Richard Scott, ruled that the man who made the complaint — referred to only as Patient A — will not have to appear at the hearing in Manchester in person.
Committee chairman, Dr Christopher Hanning, said the decision came after considering the man's physical and mental condition.
Committed Christian Dr Scott (51) spoke about religion to the 24-year-old at the end of a consultation at his surgery in Margate, Kent, in August 2010.
After yesterday's ruling, he said: “As professionals, it is right that there are proper procedures in place for complaints to be made and heard, but for any professional not to be given the opportunity to cross-examine a complainant face-to-face and for the case to be tried without such evidence would be plainly wrong.”