GP who sexually assaulted a mother in front of her young son, cupping her breasts under her shirt when she complained of a sore throat, is struck off

  • Dr Colin Wilson worked as a GP for 35 years and volunteered with the RNLI 
  • He has been struck off the medical register after groping a mother’s breasts 
  • The veteran GP also grabbed his penis during the appointment, a tribunal heard 
  • Patient A attended the practice in Oban, Scotland, with shortness of breath

A veteran doctor who groped a mother’s breasts in front of her young son after she complained of a sore throat has been struck off. 

Dr Colin Wilson, a GP of 35 years and former RNLI medical adviser, put his hand under the woman’s t-shirt and ‘cupped’ both of her breasts ‘without warning’ during an appointment at a medical practice in Oban, Scotland, a tribunal has found. 

The GP also grabbed his penis over his trousers and became ‘sexually aroused’ during the assessment in his consultation room.

Wilson, who was a partner at the Lorn Medical Centre, has been struck off the medical register following a Medical Practitioners Tribunal.

Colin Wilson has been struck off the medical register after being found to have abused his professional position as a GP for sexual gratification during an appointment at a medical practice in Lorn, Scotland, in December 2017

The hearing was told that, in December 2017, the woman attended the medical practice with her three-year-old son because he was showing symptoms of a chesty cough and shortness of breath.

The mother, known only as ‘Patient A’ for legal reasons, was also assessed for a sore throat and swollen glands.

However, she was left feeling ‘vulnerable and confused’ when the experienced doctor suddenly groped her, the tribunal heard. 

The patient told the hearing: ‘His entire hand covered or cupped the whole of my left breast. His hand was over my bra.

‘He completely cupped my [right] breast and his fingers were on top of the bra as I could feel his fingers on my skin.

The Lorn Medical Centre in Scotland, where Wilson was found to have sexually assaulted a mother in front of her three-year-old son in his consultation room

‘It was literally just a grab and then he then took his hand out of my clothes… the thing that had a lasting impression was that a man’s hand was on me.’

The hearing was also told that Wilson was ‘jovial’ before the incident, but then would ‘not use eye contact’ and spoke in broken sentences after groping the woman. 

She then witnessed Wilson ‘adjust’ his groin area over his trousers.

Patient A left the medical practice feeling ‘uncomfortable and anxious’ and immediately reported the incident to police after informing her partner.

Wilson claimed he was carrying out a chest examination, but a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service hearing ruled that he was not as Patient A had not complained of a cough.

Tribunal chair Nathan Moxon said: ‘The tribunal was satisfied there was cogent and persuasive evidence that Dr Wilson, without consent, put his hand up Patient A’s top whilst there was no clinical reason to do so.

‘He cupped both breasts during activity that could not be described as an adequate medical examination. Thereafter, he touched his penis briefly through his trousers and presented as flustered.

‘The tribunal was therefore satisfied… that his actions in doing so, namely cupping her breasts and subsequently touching his own penis, were sexually motivated.

‘Patient A gave clear and consistent evidence of Dr Wilson adjusting the front of his trousers immediately after having touched her.

‘Whilst she stated that he did not have an erection, the tribunal was satisfied he had adjusted his groin as he was either becoming sexually aroused, albeit not necessarily erect, or for brief sexual gratification.’

The University of Glasgow, where Dr Wilson qualified in 1978 before joining the Lorn Medical Centre seven years later. Colleagues said they were ‘shocked and surprised’ when notified of the allegations against the veteran GP

The chair added that Wilson’s actions were ‘a significant breach of professional standards’ and that he had ‘abused’ his professional position as a GP.

A police investigation into the incident was dropped and Wilson returned to work, but subsequently retired in 2020.

He also retired from the RNLI after 30 years of volunteering.

Colleagues at the surgery said they were ‘shocked and surprised’ when the allegations first came to the fore.

The tribunal heard: ‘Female colleagues, staff and patients attested to his appropriate behaviour towards women. They stated that they had been alone with him and he had done nothing untoward.

‘The witnesses stated that he did not display any sexist behaviour or attitudes and they were shocked and surprised by the allegation.

‘The wide array of character evidence detailed a man of exemplary conduct, both within his medical career and beyond, for example within his role as medical adviser for the RNLI.’

Dr Wilson qualified from the University of Glasgow in 1978 before joining the Lorn Medical Centre in 1985.

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