A police surgeon dumped hundreds of confidential statements from victims of sex attacks and child abuse by a public rubbish bin, a medical tribunal heard.
Dr Kameran Kader, 43, appeared before the General Medical Council accused of misconduct after leaving up to 700 of the papers by the bin in Bradford.
The forms were completed while Dr Kader worked as a police surgeon in Plymouth.
He admitted dumping the papers but said he had put them in the bin and denied his fitness to practise was impaired.
The GMC Fitness to Practise Panel, sitting in Manchester, heard the confidential records were ripped up and left by a bin at the junction of Cumberland Road and Legrams Lane in the Lidget Green area on 29 March 2005.
They were found by a Police Community Support Officer and eventually returned to Medacs Health Service.
The documents included personal details of sex abuse victims, a full witness statement from a victim of child abuse and records of patient examinations.
Libby Nichols, counsel for the GMC, told the panel that by the time the papers were discovered, Dr Kader was working as a forensic psychiatrist at Strangeways prison in Manchester.
He had been for dinner in Leeds and had dumped the documents in Bradford on his way back to Manchester.
Miss Nichols told the panel it was the responsibility of a doctor and a forensic medical examiner to keep medical, legal and clinical notes for "a considerable period of time".
Dr Kader, who now works for South Essex Partnership NHS Trust, told the panel he had been "stupid" but had not realised how long he needed to keep the forms after he left his job in Plymouth in December 2003.
He said by March 2005 he had personal problems with his partner, who lived in Holland with their two sons, and decided to dispose of the documents as he thought he would have to move back to Holland.
When asked by his solicitor, Malcolm Fortune, why he had dumped the records in a public bin, Dr Kader replied: "I was quite confused at the time."
He said he accepted his actions were wrong and apologised for his behaviour.
Dr Kader is accused of breaching his responsibility to the police, failing to secure patient and client confidentiality and failing to maintain the integrity and security of his notes.
The hearing continues.