AN A&E doctor at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester is accused of pursuing an ‘inappropriate sexual relationship’ with a patient he was treating.
Dr Bryan Ashton, 47, is said to have had non-consensual telephone sex with the woman and is also accused of putting his hand up her top to touch her breasts.
A Fitness to Practise Panel is expected to announce its decision by the end of this week.
Dr Ashton denies wrongdoing. If found guilty he faces being struck off.
He is also accused of telling a second patient he was treating that he ‘liked the outfit she was wearing’ in 2009,
A statement from the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service said: ‘The panel will inquire into the allegation that, when working as an A&E doctor in Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, Dr Ashton’s conduct was sexually motivated towards Patient A, in that, between March 2009 and February 2014, he pursued an improper emotional and sexual relationship with her whilst he was also her treating doctor.
‘It is also alleged that Dr Ashton’s conduct towards Patient B was sexually motivated in that, on May 16, 2009, he behaved flirtatiously with her while examining her.’
The MPTS said that incident was alleged to have happened at the hospital. It is also alleged that, on May 20, 2009, he behaved inappropriately during a consultation with Patient B at her home.
The statement added:“It is further alleged that
at some time following May 20, 2009, Dr Ashton attempted to pursue an improper emotional relationship with Patient B by contacting her on a social media website.”
With regards to Patient A,”
Dr Ashton is accused of engaging in non-consensual telephone sex on March 9, 2009; putting his hand on
her bottom on March 25, 2009 and in March 2010; asking
her if she was wearing underwear and if so what colour it was on April 3, 2009; and putting his hand up her top and touching her breasts on February 2014, according to the MPTS.