A doctor who is being investigated by the UK’s police over claims he sexually abused patients may have avoided prison by signing a confidentiality agreement.
The Mirror reported on Monday that an unnamed woman told the newspaper that she was abused by Dr Andrew Hilliard at his medical practice in Croydon, west London.
Dr Hilliard, a GP who has been a consultant for more than a decade, was charged with sexual abuse and failing to prevent it.
His lawyer, Peter Staley, said the allegations against Dr Hilliard were untrue and the allegations had been dropped.
Theresa May, the Home Secretary, is also investigating the practice and is considering the possibility of introducing an anti-sex abuse law, the Mirror reported.
The Prime Minister is expected to announce her plans in the coming days.
In a statement, the NHS said: “It is absolutely unacceptable that any doctor or other person who is not licensed to practise or is not authorised to practice in the NHS could be a source of abuse.
We are working with the police to establish the facts of the allegations and are investigating the allegations.”