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GP stripped of MBE after sexually abusing 47 patients


BySarah Vesty - Glasgow Live - 25.08.2023 - [Krishna Singh] - [SCOTLAND] A disgraced Lanarkshire doctor who was convicted of sexually abusing at least 47 patients has lost his MBE, awarded to him by the late Queen.


Sexual predator Krishna Singh was given the prestigious award, for his services to healthcare, back in 2013. In light of being found guilty, he has been stripped of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.


Singh, 73, targeted dozens of women and children he was supposed to be helping.


The doctor, from North Lanarkshire, kissed, groped, gave inappropriate examinations and made sleazy comments to his victims over a 35 year period, the Record reports.


One of his victim’s included a woman who had been raped as well as teenagers and a pregnant patient. He was found guilty of 54 charges following a trial at the High Court in Glasgow and jailed for 12 years in May 2022.


He has since been struck off by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service. The Cabinet Office has now confirmed that Singh’s honours title has been scrapped.


In a statement, they said: “The King has directed that the appointment of Krishna Ballabh Prasad SINGH to be a Member of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, dated 15 June 2013, shall be cancelled and annulled and that his name shall be erased from the Register of the said Order.”


It was previously reported how The Honours Forfeiture Committee were set to meet to discuss removing Singh’s MBE following his conviction. The watchdog automatically considers cases where a person has been found guilty of an offence which carries a sentence of more than three months in prison.


Singh qualified as a doctor in India in 1974. He registered with the General Medical Council as a doctor in November 1976 before taking up a job as a GP in North Lanarkshire. Singh also took up a position as a police casualty surgeon between 2005 and 2010 in Scotland, during which he examined people in custody. An investigation into Singh ensued after NHS Lanarkshire received a complaint about him in 2018.


During his sentencing, Lord Armstrong told the sex offender: "Krishna Singh, you have been convicted, after trial, of 54 charges, which involved the calculating and manipulative sexual abuse of 47 women and girls in relation to whom, as their general practitioner, you were in a clear position of trust.


“You perpetrated these crimes, against your female patients, persistently, over a period of some 35 years. I consider it a grave aggravation of these crimes that, when committing them, you were acting in breach of the significant trust owed by a doctor to his patients.


“You used that position, manipulatively, to carry out unnecessary physical examinations of a sexual nature, including intimate examinations without a chaperone, or any prior explanation, in circumstances where there was no clinical justification for the actions you took.


“To that extent, by your criminal actions, you undermined the standing of the medical profession, by eroding the trust which the female patients concerned would otherwise have had in relation to medical practitioners who treat them. Society has an abhorrence of such conduct and it is the responsibility of the court to reflect that. “It is important that those who might be disposed to commit crimes of sexual abuse against women and children, in the way that you did, understand that they are likely to receive significant custodial penalties once brought to justice.


“I am satisfied that, in your case, there is no appropriate alternative disposal to one of imprisonment.”


Singh was also added to the Sex Offenders Register for an indefinite period.


If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, you can contact Dignity4Patients, whose helpline is open Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm.

 
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