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BBC Wales's Hefina Rendle
"He told her that he had bought the gun on the Internet"
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BBC Wales's Hefina Rendle reports
"Dr Chan was told his behaviour was foolish and irresponsible"
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Friday, 10 November, 2000, 15:36 GMT
Tribunal clears fake gun doctor
General Medical Council
Dr Chan was cleared of professional misconduct by the GMC
A hospital doctor accused of pushing a replica rifle into a nurse's stomach and pulling the trigger has been cleared of serious professional misconduct.

Yat Ming Davy Chan was accused of walking into Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny wearing military-style clothing and told colleagues he had bought a gun.

He later showed the replica M16 rifle to Sister Rennie Smith in the hospital car park.

It was claimed that he asked her if he should shoot a nearby girl before he pointed it at her and she felt vibrations as if it had been fired.

Nevill Hall Hospital
The incident took place at Nevill Hall Hospital

The General Medical Council's Professional Conduct Committee sitting in central London on Friday found Dr Chan of Richmond Park, Hong Kong guilty of "inappropriate" and "irresponsible" behaviour.

But the committee did not find the incident supported a finding of serious professional misconduct.

Dr Chan had denied the allegation.

Earlier the hearing was told Dr Chan was on a secondment as a house officer at the hospital and was on a three-month attachment in the accident and emergency department.

Miss Lynn Griffin, opening the hearing, said: "Dr Chan spoke about his proposed purchase of a weapon."

He had told colleagues: "I am getting a new gun."

At about 2300GMT on October 16, off-duty Dr Chan entered the hospital dressed in camouflage gear, including military style trousers and a flat cap.


"Dr Chan immediately approached a doctor and launched into a conversation with him about a strategy concerning a patient he was treating."

The conversation soon turned to Dr Chan's new car and he then told four colleagues: "I have a bought a new gun, but I cannot show it to you because it's illegal."

Sister Smith replied: "I will believe it when I see it."

Some time after that conversation, events moved to the car park where he showed Sister Smith the gun.

He had gestured to her to come out to the car park and at first showed her his new four-wheel drive vehicle.


"He went to the vehicle and took out the firearm. It looked like a rifle," Miss Griffin said.

"It was a replica of an M16 machinegun."

"He would not put the weapon back in the car and asked the nurse to hold it."

A young girl was nearby using a mobile phone.

"Dr Chan indicated towards her waving the gun around," said Miss Griffin.

He then allegedly said: "Shall I shoot her?"

Miss Griffin said Dr Chan went back to the car before he eventually cocked the weapon.

Miss Griffin said: "He pointed it at Sister Smith's abdomen and she felt the vibration as if he had pulled the trigger."

"At this stage she knew it was an imitation."

Police were eventually called to the doctor's home where they removed his replica gun.

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