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Lincolnshire Echo
Psychiatrist banned for groping a patient fails to win back register place
May 16, 2013

Psychiatrist John Harding Price

Psychiatrist John Harding Price

A shamed psychiatrist struck off 13 years ago for groping a female patient has failed in his bid to have his name restored to the medical register – because he has not learned his lesson.

John Harding Price, 84, was banned in 2000 when a General Medical Council (GMC) committee found him guilty of professional misconduct towards three women patients.

Harding Price was working as a GP at the Lawn Medical Centre in Sewell Road, Lincoln, when the incidents occurred.

He forced a teenage girl to sit in her underwear for 30 minutes while he checked her notes.

Harding Price also bombarded another woman with suggestive questions and told her she was sexually frustrated.

And he asked a third if she could achieve orgasms when she complained of a headache at the Grimsby Primary Care Centre in September 1999.

He was facing a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) fitness to practise hearing this week to try to get his name restored to the medical register.

The panel found that his lack of insight and respect for the regulatory body as well as the amount of time he had been out of practise would undermine the public confidence in the profession if he were allowed to return to practise and refused his application.

Tribunal panel chair Dr Sarah Jarvis said: “The panel has no evidence to indicate that you have gained any understanding, appreciation or insight into the gravity of your misconduct in 2000 which led to your erasure.

“Instead there has been a continued and repeated pattern of challenging the findings of the Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) in 2000 and indeed challenging the decision of the Privy Council.

“There have been no expressions of remorse and regret.

“Instead you fervently deny any wrong-doing and the panel is not reassured, given your history and almost 13 years denial of the findings made by the PCC in 2000, that lessons have been learnt and that such events would not occur again.

“You have failed to bring evidence to demonstrate that you are fit to practise.”

Harding Price previously failed in an application to be restored to the register in 2007 and has now been suspended from reapplying indefinitely.

In a letter to the GMC in 2012 he said: “You will appreciate the extent of the issues in this case and the failure of the General Medical Council to act responsibly or legally.

“The irresponsibility is set out in the clinical state as evidenced in the case I sent to you…for your help when she first came to me.

“You ignored the patient and myself but you continued to license the doctors to damage her. This raises a second issue, whether the General Medical Council is fit to act as a regulator and also fit in its activities of ‘poisoning’ other regulators.”

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