Doctor struck off after groping woman who had sore throat



A veteran doctor has been struck off after he groped a mother in the presence of her young son when she complained of a sore throat.

Dr Colin Wilson put his hand under the woman’s t-shirt ‘without warning’ during an appointment and ‘cupped’ both of her breasts.

The GP of 35 years then grabbed his penis over his trousers as he was becoming ‘sexually aroused’, a tribunal found.

Wilson, a partner at the GP surgery and medical adviser to the RNLI, has now been struck off the medical register following a Medical Practitioners Tribunal.

It was heard that in December 2017 the woman, named as ‘Patient A’, attended Lorn Medical Centre in Oban, Scotland, with her three year old son.

Wilson examined her son, who had a chesty cough and shortness of breath, then Patient A, who had a sore throat and swollen glands.

However, the woman was left feeling ‘vulnerable and confused’ when the experienced GP suddenly groped her.

She said: “His entire hand covered or cupped the whole of my left breast. His hand was over my bra.

“He completely cupped my [right] breast and his fingers were on top of the bra as I could feel his fingers on my skin.

“It was literally just a grab and then he then took his hand out of my clothes… the thing that had a lasting impression was that a man’s hand was on me.”

It was heard Wilson was ‘jovial’ before the incident but then ‘would not use eye contact’ and spoke in broken sentences after groping the woman.

Patient A then saw Wilson ‘adjust’ his groin area over his trousers.

She left the surgery feeling ‘uncomfortable and anxious’ and reported the incident to police after telling her partner.

Wilson claimed he was carrying out a chest examination, but the MPTS tribunal found he wasn’t as Patient A didn’t complain of a cough.

Tribunal chair Nathan Moxon said: “The tribunal was satisfied there was cogent and persuasive evidence that Dr Wilson, without consent, put his hand up Patient A’s top whilst there was no clinical reason to do so.

“He cupped both breasts during activity that could not be described as an adequate medical examination. Thereafter, he touched his penis briefly through his trousers and presented as flustered.

“The tribunal was therefore satisfied… that his actions in doing so, namely cupping her breasts and subsequently touching his own penis, were sexually motivated.

“Patient A gave clear and consistent evidence of Dr Wilson adjusting the front of his trousers immediately after having touched her.

“Whilst she stated that he did not have an erection, the tribunal was satisfied he had adjusted his groin as he was either becoming sexually aroused, albeit not necessarily erect, or for brief sexual gratification.”

Mr Moxon added: “Dr Wilson’s actions were a significant breach of professional standards. He abused his professional position and committed sexual misconduct against a patient.

“The sexual misconduct found proved amounted to sexual assault… It occurred in Dr Wilson’s consultation room towards a patient within the presence of the patient’s child.”

A police investigation was dropped and Wilson returned to work but retired in 2020. He also retired from the RNLI after 30 years of volunteering.

Colleagues at the surgery said they were ‘shocked and surprised’ when the allegations came to light.

The tribunal heard: “Female colleagues, staff and patients attested to his appropriate behaviour towards women. They stated that they had been alone with him and he had done nothing untoward.

“The witnesses stated that he did not display any sexist behaviour or attitudes and they were shocked and surprised by the allegation.

“The wide array of character evidence detailed a man of exemplary conduct, both within his medical career and beyond, for example within his role as medical adviser for the RNLI.”

Dr Wilson qualified in 1978 at the University of Glasgow.

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