Radiographer struck off for conduct at work

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A RADIOGRAPHER who rubbed a patient’s thigh and made ‘sexual gestures’ to a female colleague has been struck off by his professional body.

John Finch, of Bury St Edmunds, who worked for Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, ‘inappropriately rubbed a patient’s thigh’ in August 2009, the Health Professions Council (HPC) found.

A hearing was held into the matter in London.

The HPC said that, between August 2009 and February 2010, Finch made ‘inappropriate comments’ to a hospital colleague –referred to as Colleague A.

He said words to the effect of ‘we’ll get a room shall we’, in response to a notice board poster for a Christmas party.

He also told her ‘I’ll need to buy a big enough house for you and your cats’, which the HPC said ‘made her feel uncomfortable’.

On February 1 2010, it said he made ‘inappropriate sexual gestures’ towards his colleague. He also started rubbing her shoulders while she sat at her computer for no apparent reason, and walked up behind her and grabbed her around the waist.

Referring to his behaviour toward his colleague, the HPC said: “The panel has no hesitation in concluding that there can be no other reason for acting in the way that he did than sexual motivation.”

Its decision states: “The panel considers that this is a very serious matter.

“The panel is satisfied that Mr Finch’s conduct has fallen below the standard that the public is entitled to expect from a registered health professional and that his fitness to practise is impaired by his misconduct.

“Accordingly, the panel has concluded that a suspension order is insufficient and that the only appropriate and proportionate sanction is a striking off order.”

Finch, who was not present at the hearing, said in a statement: “I am not a risk to the public and never have been. I have just been a bit stupid. This case has made me reflect on my work and how I can improve myself for the better of others.”