IT'S SICKENING; Almost 1000 Doctors Have Convictions for Child Sex Offences, Drug Trafficking, Domestic Violence, Theft, Cruelty to Children, Kerb Crawling, Offensive Weapons and Death Driving. Yet They Are Still Working in Our Surgeries, Health Centres and Hospitals

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Byline: Tom Pettifor

ALMOST 1000 doctors have kept their jobs despite convictions for crimes ranging from child sex offences to drug trafficking.

But patients are being kept in the dark about disgraced medics who are allowed to practise despite criminal records that would ban them from other jobs.

There are 927 physicians, surgeons and GPs with criminal records - and some have committed more than one offence. Even those with serious convictions have kept their posts.

Campaign groups last night called on the General Medical Council, the body who license practitioners, to tell patients if their doctors are perverts, pushers or thugs.

Roger Goss of Patient Concern said: "Patients should be made aware if their doctor is found guilty of serious criminal offences that could affect their care and be allowed to make up their own minds if they want to risk being treated by them.

"The GMC should be open and transparent in these matters but time and time again they have failed in this respect.

"The problem is that the GMC is funded by doctors while their prime duty is to protect patients but these two things often come into conflict."

An investigation by our sister paper the Daily Mirror discovered 28 have assault convictions.

Three male medics were caught in possession of indecent images of children, two were guilty of causing death by dangerous driving and two of trafficking drugs.

Two have convictions for cruelty to kids, nine for attacking their partners, two for possessing offensive weapons and one made threats to kill. Eleven were guilty of theft and eight male doctors were caught kerb crawling.

The shocking statistics were revealed by the GMC in response to a freedom of information request.

Labour MP Grahame Morris, who sits on the health select committee, said: "This is an issue of considerable public unease. …