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'Patients gave oral consent for snaps'.

A SEX clinic doctor yesterday admitted he took photographs of his patients' private parts without written permission.

Dr Christopher Valentine, 43, of Rock House Lane, Birkenhead, told the General Medical Council he asked patients with an "unusual medical condition" if he could take pictures for educational and training purposes.

But, he said, he always got oral consent and insisted he did not know he had to get it in writing.

He was adamant he explained to patients his reasons for taking the photos.

Dr Valentine is accused of failing to get eight patients to sign consent forms to have the photos taken during visits to his clinic in 2002.

He is also accused of claiming patients had signed some of the consent forms at the time, when they had been forged.

Dr Valentine, who has worked in various hospitals in Leeds and Liverpool in the late 1980s and 1990s, and also lectured at Liverpool University in the late 1990s, was suspended at the end of 2002, and sacked in 2004.

He denies his actions were inappropriate, likely to bring the medical profession into disrepute and that he is guilty of misconduct.

The hearing continues.
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