Wales

Physio given life ban for groping terminally ill

A physiotherapist who sexually assaulted terminally ill female patients at a south Wales care home has been given a life ban.

Semi-retired Dennis Williams, 87, groped and kissed chronically ill patients too frail to resist, a Health Professions Council panel heard.

Mr Williams, of Ogmore-by-Sea, Bridgend, was said to have targeted the most vulnerable for years.

He worked at the private Baglan Lodge Care Home, in Port Talbot.

Mr Williams was initially arrested by police when allegations against him first emerged but was eventually released without charge.

On Thursday he was struck off the Health Professions Council (HPC) Register after a two day hearing in Cardiff.

'Impaired'

A panel heard that Mr Williams, who denied misconduct but did not attend the hearing, was seen groping and kissing elderly patients.

The charges against him covered a period from 2003 to 2009, all relating to the same care home.

The HPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard details of his actions from a number of witnesses at the home.

All of the elderly victims had now died, the panel heard.

The HPC committee ruled that his fitness to practise was impaired by his behaviour to vulnerable patients.

It said Mr Williams had produced no evidence to address the charges against him nor shown remorse or insight into his behaviour.

Panel chairwoman Elspeth Metcalfe added: "By engaging in kissing and inappropriate touching of vulnerable patients as found proved the registrant clearly failed to maintain high standards of personal conduct and perform his duties in a professional and ethical way.

"He further failed to act in the best interests of his patients, the panel therefore consider his behaviour to be a serious breach of trust."

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