A doctor who admitted inviting junior colleagues back to his flat for sex, touching them inappropriately and making unwanted lude remarks has been suspended from practising for just three months.
Dr Gerard Gillan, who was practising as a consultant at Homerton University Hospital NHS Trust in Hackney, East London, at the time, admitted 22 allegations of misconduct in 2016 and 2017.
Now, a medical practitioners’ tribunal has suspended him for three months after finding his ability to practice to be “impaired” because of his behaviour.
In October 2015, Gillan, “behaved inappropriately“ while at a restaurant with a junior colleague.
He told the colleague, identified as Ms A: “Look at you sitting there looking all beautiful, you are teasing me”, or words to that effect, and held her hand.
On September 14, 2016 Dr Gillan asked Ms A, to go to the pub to discuss career plans.
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But while there, he told her he was attracted to her, said he wanted to start a family with her, and invited her back to his flat for sex.
He also admitted touching her face and leg, and he tried to stop her from leaving by following her and then grabbed her and held her against him, the tribunal heard.
Less than two months later, on November 4 2016, while in the pub, Dr Gillan made inappropriate sexual comments to two other female colleagues while at the pub.
Gillan admitted telling one woman he wanted to take her “back to his flat“ and perform a sex act on her.
He then made a similar remark to another colleague, identified as Ms C, and invited her back to his flat for sex and touched her hair.
On November 8, 2017, while working with another junior colleague, identified as Ms D, Dr Gillan said to her: “Did someone ask how beautiful you were on the train this morning” and “Is that where you get your good looks from?”
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Dr Gillan admitted to the tribunal he said words to that effect.
The following day, while at the pub, he sat “unreasonably close” to Ms A, and made comments about the previous incident in 2016 with her and in front of colleagues. He also admitted to touching her back that day, whispering to her “you think you’re too good for me“.
The tribunal heard how before that trip to the pub, Dr Gillan had invited himself after finding out about the group’s plan to go, saying “remember who does your references“.
Ms A told the tribunal panel his mentioning of the night the year before made her “feel sick“ and that he “smirked“ when he mentioned it. Dr Gillan stated he had only “snippets“ of recollection of the night on November 9, 2017.
In its heavily redacted judgement – which left out aspects related to Dr Gillan’s mitigation, the tribunal panel said: “Dr Gillan’s misconduct had spanned a period from October 2015 to November 2017.
“It had involved seriously inappropriate and unpleasant sexually motivated misconduct towards Ms A on more than one occasion, involving physical contact and towards Ms B and Ms C, involving extremely unpleasant language in the presence of others.
“The misconduct had been carried out against doctors in a junior position to Dr Gillan.”
On behalf of Dr Gillan, his representative, Stephen Brassington, said that since the last incident, four years previously, Dr Gillan “had been on a journey“ and had remediated his conduct.
He also said Dr Gillan “couldn’t remember“ behaving in such a way, but acknowledged and admitted what had happened. He added Dr Gillan now had a “support network that he could rely upon and submitted that he was an open individual who had informed his work colleagues, family and friends about his past“.
The tribunal added: “Whilst Dr Gillan has demonstrated remorse, insight and remediation, the tribunal was of the view that such misconduct was serious, particularly as it was directed towards junior colleagues and persisted after a stark warning about his behaviour [redacted].
“The tribunal considered that Dr Gillan had breached fundamental tenets of the profession in that he had failed to treat colleagues fairly and with respect, he had failed to be aware of how his behaviour may influence others inside and outside his team. He had also failed to ensure his conduct justified the public’s trust in the profession.”
Most of the allegations were found to have been “sexually motivated“, however, the tribunal did not find that the allegations relating to asking about Ms D’s partner, his talking about the previous incident with Ms A, or his first interaction with Ms D were “sexually motivated“.
Gillian’s “fitness to practise“ was found to be“’impaired“ because of his misconduct, and he was suspended from practising for three months. The suspension will come into place 28 days after he received the notice of the decision.
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