Bristol child porn doctor can keep working

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A Bristol psychiatrist who was convicted of viewing child pornography can keep working, but has had limitations imposed by regulators.

The General Medical Council (GMC) suspended Dr Darryl Watts from practising for 12 months in April 2004 after he was found guilty of possessing indecent images of a child at a Hereford Magistrates Court hearing in August 2003.

The adult psychiatrist trained at Bristol University and worked at Blackberry Hill Hospital in Fishponds until three months before his arrest.

In April 2005 the GMC allowed Dr Watts to practice again, but with certain conditions, and a further hearing in October 2006 imposed limitations for two years.

At a fitness to practice panel in London yesterday the psychiatrist was told that he could continue to see patients for the next 18 months providing he only practises on adults, working solely within the NHS for no more than four sessions a week.

The GMC panel told Dr Watts that he must inform his current employers, Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust, of the conditions imposed on him and any future employers.

The panel heard that Dr Watts was removed from the sex offenders\’ register in August and that he has not offended since the original incident in 2003.

The hearing concluded: \”The panel has determined that it is appropriate, proportionate and sufficient to impose conditions on your registration for a further period of 18 months.

\”The panel considers that this period will provide a fair opportunity for you to demonstrate that the public should have confidence and trust in you as medical practitioner upholding proper standards of conduct and behaviour.\”