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Doctor faked letters to derail sexual inquiry
A DOCTOR carried out unnecessary sexual examinations and then sent anonymous letters to try and derail an investigation into his actions, a tribunal has heard.
Dr Kendon Macdonald, 39, allegedly performed unnecessary examinations on patients at Salisbury District Hospital between January and June 2010.
Bosses were alerted after a colleague raised suspicions about the number of procedures he was carrying out, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service has been told.
After the investigation was launched in summer 2010, Dr Macdonald sent letters purporting to come from staff and patients in an attempt to undermine the inquiry. By writing the letters Dr Macdonald wanted to make it appear that there was a campaign going on against him.
Some of the letters were written with a Salisbury NHS Trust letter head, with many asking recipients to copy it and send on to others.
“It was all me trying to give the impression the trust had a vendetta against me,” he told the hearing in Manchester yesterday.
“There was an attempt by me to discredit those who were speaking out against me.
“I felt I had been pre-judged by my colleagues. I felt it was strongly unfair.
“I felt I have got nothing to lose so I'm just going to send these letters and keep on sending them."
Hospital bosses became suspicious about the number of letters they were receiving and sent them to a handwriting expert to compare against Dr Macdonald's scrawl.
He was eventually forced to confess he had written the letters after his own defence lawyers commissioned a hand writing expert who reported the same findings.
Dr Macdonald, who qualified in Aberdeen, was sacked by the trust in October 2012 after admitting sending the letters.
The GMC alleges that Dr Macdonald failed to respect patients' privacy by remaining at the foot of the bed while women were exposed.
He is also said to have inappropriately touched female patients on their hips and thighs and moved them in to and out of position with his hands.
Dr Macdonald is further accused of carrying out vaginal examinations on 21 patients, which were not clinically indicated, and in 14 of those cases failing to record they had occurred.
Dr Macdonald denies any of his conduct towards patients was sexually motivated.
Dr Macdonald has been suspended from working in the UK since last July until the conclusion of proceedings.
The hearing continues.