January 2011

Cumbrian doctor struck off over child porn

A Cumbrian doctor who downloaded indecent images of children has been struck off the medical register.

Dr Ian Mitchell admitted in February last year 19 counts of making indecent photographs of children.

The 52-year-old, of Thorpefield in Sockbridge and Tirril, was given a two-year supervision order and ordered to register as a sex offender.

Ian Mitchell was a GP at The Lakes Practice in Penrith and held a high-ranking post at NHS Cumbria.

The General Medical Council (GMC) has now decided his name should be erased from the medical register.

Mitchell had worked as a GP at the Lakes Practice in Penrith. During his trial, the court heard that none of the images had been downloaded in the practice.

‘Public confidence’

Carlisle Crown Court heard he had viewed images at level one and two, the least serious in a scale of five.

NHS Cumbria said Mitchell was suspended following the allegations and dismissed once criminal charges were brought.

A GMC panel found Mitchell’s fitness to practise was impaired by reason of his conviction.

In its ruling it said: “The panel is of the view that in order to maintain public confidence in the profession and to uphold proper standards of conduct, the public interest requires that a strong signal be sent to you, the public, and the profession that your behaviour is completely unacceptable in a member of the medical profession.

“Your name will therefore be erased from the medical register.”