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GP facing sex assault charges found hanged

A GP who was being investigated over allegations that he sexually assaulted a patient at his surgery has been found hanged.

Dr Stewart Brydon, a GP in Stornoway, had been reported to Western Isles NHS Board by his partners, Dr Margaret Ferguson and Dr Kenneth Murray, after the patient lodged a complaint with the practice.

The NHS board has commissioned an independent inquiry to look at the way it dealt with Dr Brydon's case.

Dr John Smith, medical director of the health board and a GP on the Isle of Lewis, said he had been reassured the case had been dealt with in an 'even-handed way'.

The inquiry was still in its early stages and had not reached any conclusions.

Secretary of Western Isles LMC, Dr Brian Michie, also a GP in Stornoway, said Dr Brydon's death was a 'great tragedy'.

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