An Oxford doctor used hospital equipment to enhance his love
life, the General Medical Council heard this week. Jane Sullivan, representing the GMC, told the professional
conduct committee hearing that Euan Laird began an affair with a
woman, who was only identified as Mrs N, in 1991. The couple had
sex on a number of occasions at hospital premises. The hearing
was informed that Laird used the ultrasound scanning machine at
the Horton Hospital in Banbury for his own “sexual
gratification”. Laird, who was senior house officer in obstetrics and
gynaecology at the John Radcliffe Hospital when the relationship
began, is accused of “abusing” his professional
position, unnecessarily performing smear tests and other intimate
examinations on the patient. The relationship continued for a number of years before Mrs N
“began to find the nature of his desire invasive and for
that and other reasons stopped seeing him in 1997.” Laird was not present or represented at the hearing but is
aware that it is taking place. Sullivan said that Laird, who
became a consultant during the affair, denied the allegations:
“Not only did he say he had had no dealings with her at the
time, he denies, and continues to deny emotional or sexual
relationship with her, saying that their relationship was a
strictly professional doctor-patient relationship”. The
hearing continues. Two weeks ago, Cherwell reported that a Queen’s College
lecturer, Doctor Henk Giele, had allegedly been conducting a
sexual affair with one of his patients at the JR hospital. His
case has been adjourned until December. The GMC are unable to comment on either case since both are
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