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GP, 59, groped patient’s leg

Dr Stiann Basson, 59, was taking the 30-year old woman's blood pressure during a medical consultation when he suddenly reached out and squeezed the underside of her knee

Dr Stiann Basson, 59, was taking the 30-year old woman's blood pressure during a medical consultation when he suddenly reached out and squeezed the underside of her knee

A 'sleazy' family GP who groped a department store manager at his surgery is to keep his job after he said sorry and admitted: 'I screwed up'.

Dr Stiann Basson, 59, was taking the 30-year old woman's blood pressure during a consultation when he suddenly reached out and squeezed the underside of her knee for two seconds.

As he had hold of her leg he said: 'That's the reason for the short skirt then.'

Dr Basson later apologised and put it down to a moment of 'boisterous and laddish' leeriness but insists he can't remember it. 

The patient - who and not wearing tights due to hot weather - was so stunned by the GP's conduct she claimed she 'froze with shock' and could barely move during the encounter at Basson's surgery, Keats, in Edmonton, North London.

The victim, said to be 'confident, high powered and attractive' later called police and the matter was subsequently referred to the General Medical Council where Basson faced being struck off following a 30 year career in medicine.

At the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester South African-born grandfather Basson - whose wife is director of a children's hospice - admitted misconduct but escaped with a one month suspension after he said sorry to the victim, who cannot be named.

He confessed he had 'absolutely screwed up' and has since attended a course on 'Maintaining Professional Boundaries'.

Panel chairman Stephen Povey said: 'Patient A was an honest and credible witness who did not exaggerate or embellish events. She described Dr Basson's actions as 'sleazy', and we had no reason to doubt that. 

'She felt Dr Basson acted towards her in a sexually motivated way and she was left visibly upset - a fact corroborated by three of her colleagues.

The patient - who and not wearing tights due to hot weather - was so stunned by the GP's conduct she claimed she 'froze with shock' and could barely move during the encounter at Basson's surgery, Keats, in Edmonton, North London (pictured)

The patient - who and not wearing tights due to hot weather - was so stunned by the GP's conduct she claimed she 'froze with shock' and could barely move during the encounter at Basson's surgery, Keats, in Edmonton, North London (pictured)

'Dr Basson accepted his behaviour was a 'laddish' act and the word 'laddish' implies sexual element. He did not touch Patient A on the hand or the arm, but on the bare skin of her leg and this was accompanied by a comment about the length of her skirt. Such behaviour was likely to be sexually motivated. Patient A was shocked and upset.'

But he added: 'The Tribunal accepted that this entire experience has been a salutary lesson for Dr Basson, and one that he will continue to reflect on. As such, we are satisfied there is a low risk of repetition, and Dr Basson does not pose any real and current risk to members of the public.

'Suspension would

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