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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Nine-month ban for GP who snooped on ex-partner’s emails

A GP has been banned from working for nine months after snooping on his ex-partner’s emails.

Barry Rodgers was suspended by health watchdogs who ruled it would be “disproportionate” to strike him off.

The General Medical Council, represented by Ciaran Rankin, had called for the GP to be thrown out of the profession because he had breached his ex-partner’s trust and shown a ‘cavalier attitude’ to the law.

In an email to the GMC, Rodgers said he needed to get on with his life. He said that a decision to strike him off would be ‘completely draconian’ and ‘effectively a life sentence’ as he would be unable to work.

The panel, chaired by Dr Linda Buchanan, determined that a lifetime ban from the profession would be ‘disproportionate’ and decided to suspend him for nine months.

Dr Buchanan said: “In all the circumstances, the panel is satisfied that a period of suspension is the appropriate and proportionate sanction

“The panel also considers that a period of suspension will send out a signal to Dr Rodgers, to the profession and to the public that the behaviour giving rise to his convictions is wholly unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”

Dr Rodgers had been given the passwords used by fellow doctor, and then partner, Hannah Judson, of Appleby, and permission to log into her accounts during their 12-year relationship, a court heard.

But when that relationship soured in 2011 he continued to access her personal correspondence and stored some of the information on his computer. Last year, at Carlisle Crown Court, he admitted four offences and was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, suspended for a year, and told to pay compensation and costs

He has 28 days during which to appeal the decision and will have to face a review hearing towards the end of his suspension before he can return to work.

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