A DISGRACED doctor is finally starting his suspension from work – four years after female medical staff made allegations of his ‘sexually-motivated’ advances towards them.
Dr Chukwugozie Ujam was suspended for six months in 2010 after he was found to have made passes at three female members of staff while working at Chesterfield’s Royal Hospital in 2008.
But that suspension was pending appeal, which was finally dealt with this week when a top judge ruled the General Medical Council was right to find his fitness to practice ‘impaired’.
Mr Justice Eady told the court Dr Ujam, aged 37, sent ‘creepy’ texts to one female doctor, repeatedly asked another about her body language and ‘winked and smirked’ at a young nurse during the delivery of a baby.
The judge backed the GMC’s ruling that his behaviour amounted to misconduct last week, but the doctor’s legal team then challenged his suspension.
However, on Tuesday, more than four years after the first allegations were made against Dr Ujam, Mr Justice Eady backed his suspension.
He said: “Having considered the evidence before the panel and its conclusions, I find it impossible to say the panel was wrong.”
Dr Ujam had argued the comments he made were only ‘minor transgressions’, and did not amount to misconduct.
But Mr Justice Eady last week kicked out his appeal against the GMC’s findings, ruling Dr Ujam’s actions were ‘not only inappropriate but sexually motivated’.