FAMILY DOCTOR FONDLED WOMAN IN EYESIGHT TEST

A family doctor found guilty of sexually assaulting five women was struck off after the General Medical Council branded him a ‘danger to the public’.

Alan Tutin, 60, fondled a patient’s breasts saying he could tell if she was pregnant.

The Surrey GP carried out a vaginal examination on another patient as groped her breast, the GMC heard.

The woman told the hearing: ‘He was asking me what positions we used and what kind of sex myself and my boyfriend enjoyed.’

Another patient was told to strip – for an eyesight test.

During his career Tutin has been accused of assaults on 18 women, a teenage girl, a boy of eight, a trainee doctor and a midwife.

He denied all the charges – but admitted viewing pornography on the internet in his surgery and calling sex chat lines.

Tutin, from Guildford, Surrey, faced trial at the Old Bailey in 2000, accused of indecently assaulting three women, the boy and the teenager.

He was cleared by a jury of molesting the boy, while other allegations against him were dropped.

The doctor first appeared before the GMC in 2001 and was cleared of inappropriately examining eight women in routine check-ups.

But the allegations continued with more and more women voicing concerns.

The father of four examined the women at the Merrow Park Surgery, Guildford – one of the wealthiest areas in the country.

In 1984 he told a community midwife to ‘get her kit off’ and then rubbed his hand across her pubic area – telling her he was searching for a pulse.

Tutin told a patient known as Ms E he would need to carry out an internal check when she complained of cystitis in 1987.

He gave her a breast examination, examined her internally with one hand while feeling her breasts with the other.

And he said her cystitis must be caused by sex as nuns did not suffer from the condition.

A trainee doctor who visited his home in 1989 was grabbed by Tutin when his pregnant wife went to bed early.

He asked what she thought of her practice and put his arm around her – in what she took to be a consolatory gesture.

But Tutin moved his hand over her chest, tried to unbutton her blouse and attempted to kiss her.

He said he would not touch her but told her to strip because he ‘liked Chinese women’.

The trainee left the practice the following day.

Tutin carried out a smear test on Ms G in 1996 and gave no explanation for inserting his fingers in her vagina.

On a separate visit he told her to remove her top because her chest sounded wheezy, and held her left breast while using a stethoscope with the other.

This incident was not found to be a sexual assault.

A patient known as Miss D revealed how an eyesight test became an ordeal when Tutin told her to take off her clothes.

‘I was down to my underwear. I was asked to stand in front of the eyesight chart,’ she said.

‘It was very, very close. I could sense him being very close to me because I could feel his breath.

‘He was standing to the right side of me, just behind my shoulder. I felt very uncomfortable.’

The woman said she felt as though Tutin had ‘trapped’ her in the surgery.

Miss D did not make a complaint until she saw a newspaper article about Tutin in 2000, and eventually made a formal statement in 2006.

In 1999 the doctor quizzed another woman about the size of her husband’s penis, compared to her previous partner.

Following an internal examination of the woman, known as Miss H, he sniffed his fingers, and claimed that by touching her breasts he could decide whether she was pregnant.

At the GMC hearing Tutin admitted using his surgery computer to look at pornographic websites between 2004 and 2006, and confessed to using adult phone lines at work in 2004.

But he denied the sexual claims of patients and colleagues.

The panel rejected allegations made by three other women.

GMC panel chairman Andrew Popat said the doctor had abused patients for his own sexual gratification, breaking ‘many of the fundamental tenets of ”Good Medical Practice”.

‘The Panel considers that when doctors behave as Dr Tutin they damage not only the patients whom they have directly abused, but also put at risk the essential trust which is necessary between the public and the medical profession.

‘His sexual misconduct in that respect is particularly serious.

‘The Panel is not satisfied that he has developed any appreciable insight into the consequences of his actions for the women he abused.

‘The Panel could not be confident that Dr Tutin presents in Lord Hoffman’s words ‘no danger to the public’.

Given the findings, Mr Popat said that the only appropriate sanction was to erase Tutin’s name from the medical register.

Dr Tutin denied misconduct.
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