A GP has been struck off for conducting sexually motivated examinations on three women in the North East, it has been revealed.
A General Medical Council (GMC) panel heard Dr Krishnan Prasad massaged one female patient's breasts and inappropriately pressed the buttocks of another while working in Sunderland and Newcastle upon Tyne. He also indecently touched the breasts of a third woman after offering to "have a feel for her".
Dr Prasad's actions were described as "a disgraceful abuse of his professional position" by the Fitness to Practise panel sitting in Manchester, which said it had caused the individual patients "lasting emotional distress".
The GMC said: "It is clear that, by using the guise of clinical examinations, Dr Prasad took the opportunity to undertake inappropriate, sexually motivated and indecent examinations of his patients.
"He therefore abused his patients' trust and failed to afford them the dignity to which they were entitled."
Previous testimony was given given by a patient known only as Ms A who had visited Dr Prasad at the Springwell Medical Group surgery in Sunderland in 2005 because her three-year-old son had symptoms including an earache, temperature and a cough.
Ms A said after she told the doctor that she herself had exhibited similar symptoms, Dr Prasad offered to listen to her chest and back.