Sex abuse medic struck off register
Friday 30th August 2013, 3:31PM BST.
A family doctor jailed for filming himself sexually abusing female patients with his James Bond-style wristwatch was today struck off the medical register.
Dr Davinder Jeet Bains, 46, abused his position as a GP when he used a secret camera hidden inside his watch to assault more than two dozen women.
The trusted doctor was jailed for 12 years by a judge in May after police uncovered his crimes at a surgery in Wiltshire.
Following a two-day hearing in Manchester, the independent Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service panel found that Bains’s fitness to practise was impaired because of his convictions.
The panel said that the only way to “protect patients and maintain public confidence in the profession” was to remove him from the General Medical Council’s register.
David Kyle, who chaired the panel, said Bains had breached the trust that patients placed in him.
“The panel is of the view that Dr Bains’s offences are particularly serious due to the nature, scope and period of time over which they took place,” Mr Kyle said.
“The acts that Dr Bains committed were deliberate and a complete abuse of his position as a doctor.
“The panel regards Dr Bains’s conduct as having breached fundamental tenets of the profession which are embodied in good medical practice.
“Doctors occupy a position of privilege and trust in society and are expected to act with integrity and to uphold proper standards of conduct at all times.
“Instead of placing the interests and welfare of his patients first, Dr Bains committed acts upon vulnerable, mainly young, women for self-sexual gratification, which consequently caused physical and emotional harm to them.
“Further, the public has a right to expect that a doctor will not behave in an inappropriate or unprofessional manner. In acting as he did, Dr Bains breached the trust that patients place in him.
“He demonstrated a gross failure in the standards which are to be expected of a doctor and acted in a way that is seriously damaging to the reputation of the profession.
“Not least because of his lack of insight, he continues in the panel’s view to present a high risk of acting in the same way in the future.
“In addition to finding that Dr Bains continues to present a risk to members of the public, the panel has concluded that the need to uphold proper professional standards and public confidence in the profession would be undermined if a finding of impairment were not made in the particular circumstances of Dr Bains’s case.
“For these reasons, the panel has determined that Dr Bains’s fitness to practise is impaired by reason of his conviction.”
Mr Kyle added: “The panel has concluded that the nature of Dr Bains’s convictions, together with his behaviour which led to them, are so serious as to be fundamentally incompatible with his continuing to be a registered medical practitioner.
“It has therefore determined that a period of suspension is not sufficient or proportionate.
“For these reasons, the panel has determined that erasure is the only means of protecting patients and maintaining public confidence in the profession.”
Bains has 28 days to lodge an appeal against his removal from the GMC’s medical register.
After Bains was jailed police described him as a “sexual predator” and said he had filmed up to 300 women at the Tinkers Lane Surgery in Royal Wootton Bassett, near Swindon.
The Malaysian-born predator filmed the attacks on his Tieex 4GB Waterproof HD Spy Watch DVR, which has been likened to something out of a 007 film.
It has a built-in camera on the face – with simple on and off buttons to record – and can be bought on the internet for less than £60.
Bains had admitted a total of 39 charges: 13 of assault by penetration, 13 of voyeurism, 11 of sexual assault and two of sexual activity with a child.
He also asked for a further 65 offences to be taken into account and his not guilty pleas to four other charges will lie on file.
Bains, of Nyland Road, Swindon, committed offences against 27 females – aged from 14 to 51 – between July 2009 and June 2012.
Swindon Crown Court heard the police investigation began in June last year when a 17-year-old girl told officers she thought Bains filmed her as she showered and said she had been sexually assaulted by him.
When detectives arrested Bains at his surgery they discovered his wristwatch and later recovered 361 high-quality video clips from his laptop.
Judge Douglas Field told Bains he had breached the trust people put in their doctor and had committed the offences for his own “sexual gratification”.
The judge added: “You are a disgrace to the medical profession.”
Bains was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely and given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.
Health bosses have commissioned an independent review into Bains’s crimes.