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GP's abuse missed despite a history of poor conduct

A GP sentenced to eight years in jail for sex offences and other crimes had a catalogue of unprofessional behaviour behind him, an inquiry into the case has revealed.

Timothy Healy, who practised in Barnet, north London, was convicted last year of 30 offences including indecent assault on male adults and children and administering stupefying drugs. Some offences took place at his practice.

An inquiry by North Central London strategic health authority, published last week, found nothing could or should have been done to

detect the activities of Healy earlier.

This was despite the fact that over a 20-year period Healy had:

·been involved in a partnership dispute which culminated in him and three other men kicking and thumping the front door of his former partner's house and letting the air out of his car tyres

·been fined £150 for gross indecency with another man in a public toilet

·been found in breach of his terms of service and docked £1,500 pay for prescribing


The inquiry report said primary care trusts should encourage all practices to have whistleblowing policies to allow staff to report suspected wrongdoing. Staff at Healy's practice had raised concerns but had not reported them to the health authority.

'It is possible that if procedures for raising concerns were better known to practice staff, issues which were raised after Timothy Healy's arrest might have been made known earlier,' the report concluded.

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