GP accused of ‘man boobs’ jibe branded a liar at a misconduct hearing

Dr Anit Banerjee

Dr Anit Banerjee

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A GP accused of slapping a patient’s bottom and commenting on her overweight son’s “man boobs” was branded a “liar” at his misconduct hearing.

Dr Amit Banerjee is accused of sexually motivated behaviour towards the woman on five occasions between 1995 and 2008.

The GP, who retired last year, is facing a fitness to practise hearing at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester, where he is accused of misconduct.

Dr Banerjee, from Wynyard, told the hearing he cannot remember any of the consultations where allegations are said to have taken place.

But Elizabeth Dudley-Jones, closing the case for the GMC, said this was a lie.

She said: “It’s abundantly clear he is not telling the truth.

“He claims not to be able to recollect any of the five occasions despite on many something unusual occurred.”

She described Dr Banerjee’s apparent lack of memory as a “smokescreen to 
deter questioning about incidents he can evidently remember”.

Patient A complained to the practice in 2009 after Dr Banerjee allegedly smacked her bottom while she was being weighed before making an official complaint through the Independent Complaints Advocacy Service (ICAS).

Ms Dudley Jones said: ‘He knew that she knew that this was plainly wrong and was clearly sexually motivated. She had said as much to him outright.’

David Morris, defending, told the hearing the evidence from Patient A and her son, known as Patient B, and husband, called Mr C, was unreliable formed through a “distorted prism”.

He added: “Of course that rather begs the question if anything unusual did occur in those five consultations.”

Dr Banerjee denies the allegations and former colleagues earlier gave evidence attesting to his good character.

Pauline O’Brien, a former practice manager for more than 30 years, told the panel of her ‘“absolute disbelief” at the allegations.

“It just seemed something that was out of character for the man and not something I would have ever have believed,’ she said.

“I honestly and truthfully don’t think that man would do something like that.’

Another retired GP, Dr Stephen Tarelli, who worked closely with Dr Banerjee for nearly 20 years, described the accusations as “unbelievable”.

Several of the original allegations have been dropped after the panel decided there was insufficient evidence 
to make a decision on the facts.

The panel has now retiredto deliberate the evidence and will deliver its decision in due course.