Accused GP worked on at health centre

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A local GP locum charged with a number of sexual assaults was subject to a series of stringent conditions imposed by the General Medical Council (GMC), the Portadown Times has learned.

Dr Tony Chee (45) is due to appear at Armagh Magistrates’ Court in September, following a number of complaints connected to Richhill Health Centre, from 2009 to 2011.

Richhill severed its connections with the GP locum in 2011, after which he worked from time to time in practices in Portadown Health Centre.

The Richhill allegations were reported to the Southern Health Trust and referred to the GMC, whose conditions relating to Dr Chee are still on their website where it is stated they currently apply from November 28, 2013 until November 27, 2014.

They include - “Except in life threatening emergencies, he must not undertake physical examinations of female patients without a chaperone present. The chaperone must be a female attendant.”

“He must not undertake any out-of-hours work.”

“He must not take photographs of patients in the confines of his medical professional practice.”

“He must allow the GMC to exchange information with his employer or any contracting body for which he provides medical services.”

“He must inform the GMC of any disciplinary proceedings against him from the date of this determination.”

“He must inform the GMC if he applies for medical employment outside the UK.”

These are among eight comprehensive conditions in the document relating to Dr Chee, who graduated from Queen’s University in the mid-1990s - he is thought to be residing in the Lisburn area.

Sources in Richhill Health Centre said that the allegations were acted upon swiftly, and after he was removed from the village’s health centre, he was employed in Portadown from time to time. His intermittent service in Portadown dates back more than 10 years to the old health centre.

The PSNI say that inquiries are on-going and ask anyone with information relating to the case to get in touch with detectives at Newry on the non-emergency 101 number.

As is normal procedure, the charges will now be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.