A doctor has denied conducting an inappropriate examination on a young woman for his own sexual gratification.
A fitness to practice hearing was told Dr Affan Qazi, 33, conducted an intimate examination of a patient at Blackpool Victoria Hospital which was sexually motivated and without clinical justification.
He denies all the allegations made against him and says he did not conduct an intimate examination.
He was quizzed over the allegations, which date back to June 2009, by Lancashire Police, but no further action was taken, the hearing was told.
The doctor, who now lives and works in Australia, has flown back to resume a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service fitness to practice hearing in Manchester.
Elizabeth Dudley-Jones, for the GMC, told Dr Qazi: “You thought you were dealing with some sort of depressed drug addict and you thought you could get away with it,”
The woman, known as Patient A, had arrived at the hospital on the evening of June 4, 2009, complaining of back pain and an increased need to use the toilet, the hearing was told.
It is alleged that after starting his night shift Dr Qazi consulted the patient in a cubicle with the curtains drawn.
During the examination he conducted an intimate examination for his own sexual gratification, the hearing was told.
Dr Qazi found nothing clinically wrong with the patient but made her out a prescription for valium and told her to consult her GP. Following the consultation Patient A complained to a hospital staff.
Dr Qazi maintains he did not act inappropriately towards the patient at any time and was acting in her best interests. He said he was “bewildered” by the allegations and could only explain them being made because the patient was unhappy with his diagnosis.
“I wanted to help her and I wanted to make sure if I’m sending this patient back into the community I’m doing the right thing,” he said.