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Doctor was “rude and aggressive”

16 December 2010

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A family GP belittled colleagues with a tirade of abuse and shouted at and ignored patients during a four-year period, a disciplinary panel has heard.

The General Medical Council ruled that the fitness to practice of Dr Henry Hart, 45, is impaired.

The doctor regularly shouted at staff at the Bayside Family Practice in Ulverston, Cumbria, between October 2004 and September 2008 when he quit his post.

The GMC described his behaviour during that period as “rude, aggressive, unhelpful and unprofessional”.

The hearing was told Dr Hart frequently undermined colleagues, at one point denying computer access to them.

He even sought to dictate to staff at the practice with whom they should have social contact.

The panel heard a practice manager, a receptionist, a fellow GP, an administrator and a practice nurse – all women – were among those to make complaints against Dr Hart’s aggressive behaviour.

A number of allegations that he was foul-mouthed towards most of them were not proved. Dr Hart was also cleared of claims he shouted at patients and frequently ignored them.

Many patients who left the 4,000-patient practice during his stay had complained to nurses and receptionists, the hearing in Manchester was told.

Dr Hart had denied misconduct. In reaching its decision, the panel noted: “The panel has grave concerns about your behaviour towards professional colleagues and particularly towards subordinate staff members.”

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