A former GP has been struck off after a tribunal found he had put patients “at an unwarranted risk of harm.”
The Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal Service (MPTS) said Dr Michael Ross’s misconduct “amounted to serious departures from the principles set out in good medical practice and posed a risk to patient safety.”
It found that Dr Ross, who worked at the Todmorden Group practice between 2005 and 2013, “failed to provide good clinical care” to 13 patients while working at Calder Community Practice, which was upstairs in the same building, in 2013.
The tribunal heard from another doctor about one patient, who had been vomiting blood and could have been suffering from a potentially fatal condition, which Dr Ross had not investigated properly.
He had also prescribed doses of diazepam to another patient, which the doctor considered “could have had fatal consequences”.
Another patient was prescribed a drug which was considered potentially dangerous for someone who was also taking opiates.
In the case of one patient the doctor felt Dr Ross’s conduct “had been complicit with his patient’s addictive behaviour”.
The tribunal also heard about his alleged behaviour towards “Patient A” at the Todmorden surgery in 2009 and 2010.
During more than one consultation Dr Ross “sat with patient A’s knees between your knees.” He also touched patient A’s knees.
But an allegation that his behaviour was “sexually-motivated” was not proved.
The tribunal also heard that he held a formal role as Clinical Director for Bradford Drug Dependency Services for nine years up to 2005, but presented no evidence of formal qualifications in that area.
The MPTS concluded that Dr Ross had a “deep-seated attitudinal problem”.
The panel said he had “not gained insight into or remediated his misconduct, rather he appears to have drawn an iron curtain’ between himself and these events, with little or no recognition of his failings.”
If Dr Ross appeals, an immediate order of suspension will remain in force until the appeal is determined.