'Poison doctor' Edward Erin struck off for abortion bid

Edward Erin
Image caption Erin did not show remorse for his actions, the GMC said

A doctor who was jailed for trying to poison his lover to induce a miscarriage has been struck off the medical register.

A General Medical Council (GMC) disciplinary panel found Edward Erin had "shown no remorse" and had not "gained insight into the gravity of his actions".

Erin, of west London, was jailed for six years in 2009 for spiking Bella Prowse's drinks after she became pregnant, but refused an abortion.

Ms Prowse gave birth to a healthy boy.

She was a secretary at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington where Erin was a chest consultant.

His trial at the Old Bailey heard they were having an affair in 2008 which left her pregnant.

Erin gave Ms Prowse miscarriage-inducing drugs by grinding up tablets and spiking her coffee and then a bottle of orange juice.

'Premeditated acts'

But she became suspicious and alerted the police.

Erin, a married father-of-two, was found guilty of two charges of attempting to administer poison.

Ms Prowse did not know whether her child would be affected by the drug as traces of it were also found in her body. Her son was born in September 2008.

Image caption Bella Prowse gave birth to a healthy boy in 2008

The GMC said: "The panel noted that this case is concerned with grave breaches of good medical practice.

"It is concerned that Dr Erin's offences were premeditated acts, using his medical skills and knowledge to attempt to cause serious harm to others.

"As a doctor, he knew or should have known that Methotrexate in particular could cause long-term harm to his intended victim and her unborn child.

"The panel considers that Dr Erin has never acknowledged fault in this case and has shown no remorse for his actions and the panel has received no evidence to suggest he has now gained insight into the gravity of his actions."

The panel struck him off, saying his behaviour was "utterly unacceptable" as a medical practitioner.

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