BENNY HILL DOCTOR RISKS BAN; CONSULTANT FOUND GUILT BY GMC.
A HOSPITAL consultant who behaved like a Benny Hill character at work was found guilty by a professional conduct committee of improper behaviour towards nurses.
Anaesthetist Paul Galea, 54, could be struck off or suspended from the medical register, or reprimanded, after the General Medical Council in London found his conduct "unprofessional, inappropriate and improper".
In total, 24 charges relating to seven nurses in the period 1995 to 1998 were found proven.
These included chasing a nurse around a patient's trolley trying to grapple her lke "something out of a Benny Hill escapade".
The committee meeting in London has yet to decide whether the facts amount to serious professional misconduct.
Character witness, Mr Richard Harland, who worked with Dr Galea at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan, said the anaesthetist was "competent and conscientious" and was "held in the highest regard by all of us who worked with him".
However, he added: "He is capable of misunderstanding every normal social interaction."
"You could hand him a hula hoop and he would pick up the wrong end of it."
Maltese Dr Galea blamed his lack of understanding of British social hierarchies.
He told the hearing he had never before been exposed to an "exclusive, resentful" working class culture he claimed was prevalent in the north of England.
He said: "My biggest failure was to think of everybody as a friend."
Dr Galea, a married father of three from Warrington, claimed he was simply joining in with the general risque banter of his colleagues.
GUILTY: Dr Galea leaves the General Medical Council hearing in London
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|Publication:||Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Dec 6, 2001|
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