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'Sex-for-drugs' doctor struck off
A police surgeon and family GP who blackmailed a patient into sex in exchange for drugs has been banned from working as a doctor.

Dr Bellipady Sudharam Rai enjoyed sexual favours for six years with a "vulnerable" female patient.

The woman told the General Medical Council (GMC) hearing in Manchester she felt "dirty" at having to perform sex for the GP.

Rai, who is married and in his 50s, had denied the allegations.

'Significant risk'

The woman told the hearing: "I just used to go and do what I had to do and take the prescriptions."

After a "disgraceful abuse of his professional position" the GMC ruled Rai should be struck off the medical register indefinitely with immediate effect.

Rai, from Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire, was working as a surgeon for Nottinghamshire Police and as a GP at a practice in Rainworth, when Mrs CJ came in for an appointment.

The GMC Fitness to Practise Panel, sitting in Manchester, heard the GP tried to kiss the woman and told her he would ensure she had an adequate supply of drugs if she would "go further" with him.

On another visit, he allegedly persuaded the woman to perform oral sex on him.

Cocktail of drugs

The hearing was told the sexual relationship continued for six years with encounters taking place in the doctor's surgery, his car, in a nursing home and two other properties.

He prescribed the sedatives diazepam and chlormethiazole, and painkiller dihydrocodeine, despite knowing the patient had an addiction problem.

He also gave a cocktail of drugs over a long period of time to other patients who were known addicts.

Rai left the proceedings on Tuesday instructing his defence lawyer to withdraw.

The GMC ruled he had voluntarily absented himself and struck him off, adding he would pose a "significant risk" to the public if he was allowed to carry on working as a doctor.


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