Hove family doctor threatened to kill speed gun operator

Posted On 09 Nov 2010 at 5:29 pm

A Hove doctor threatened to kill a speed gun operator.

Dr David Heal told the man, who had photographed his Porsche in Hove: “I am a doctor and if you ever come to me for treatment I will make sure you die.”

He is alleged to have struck the man on the hand.

Dr Heal had previously abused a woman speed gun operator, also in Hove.

A misconduct hearing before a General Medical Council Fitness to Practise Panel was given other examples of Dr Heal’s ill-tempered behaviour.

Selva Ramasamy told the hearing that Heal had injured a distressed elderly woman patient by forcing her into an ambulance when she was reluctant.

He pushed her so that she fell, grazing her knees.

The incident happened at the Caburn House care home in Caburn Road, Hove, in January last year.

He also became irate while working as a locum at Horton Hospital in Banbury, Oxfordshire, in August last year while working as a locum.

The hearing was told that he became so cross about a delay in handing over a patient that he stormed off.

Dr Heal was convicted of common assault in February this year when a man called James Rooney tried to repossess his Porsche because he had fallen behind with loan payments for the car.

At Brighton Magistrates’ Court he was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £100 legal costs.

The GMC hearing was told that Dr Heal failed to tell the GMC about his conviction which he is required to do.

According to the charges against him, Dr Heal’s conduct was variously inappropriate, likely to bring the medical profession into disrepute, not in the best interests of his patients, misleading and dishonest.

Dr Heal admitted almost every charge against him at the hearing in London, although he denied swearing at the male mobile speed camera operator.

He previously worked for Sussex Medical Chambers in New Church Road, Hove, and is currently suspended from practising.

The hearing continues.

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