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GP jailed for indecent assault found working at blood centre

17 September 2007

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A disgraced doctor who was struck off by the General Medical Council (GMC) for indecent assault has been working at a blood donor centre, it has emerged.

An investigation has been launched after Phillip Carman was found to be employed at the blood transfusion centre in Weston-super-Mare.

Carman was jailed for a year after being found guilty of indecently assaulting a number of women while working as a GP in the Somerset town.

The assaults took place between 1983 and 2001 at Stafford Place surgery where he was a partner.

Following his trial at Bristol Crown Court in 2003, Carman was struck off after the GMC ruled he was a “danger to the public”, which effectively banned him from working as a doctor in the UK.

But a member of the public realised he was working at the blood centre and notified the authorities.

The National Blood Service (NBS) has suspended Carman, but confirmed he had been working in a management role, and was not dealing with patients.

A spokeswoman said: “We are currently undertaking a full investigation regarding the employee in question.

“During that investigation it would be inappropriate and unhelpful for us to speculate regarding any of the details.

“We would take this opportunity to state that the wellbeing of our blood donors is always a priority for the National Blood Service, and for that reason we have acted swiftly by commencing this investigation.

National Blood Service

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