A DOCTOR once hailed for humanitarian efforts faces being struck off after being arrested, sharing medical records and harassing a woman, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Dr Clive Kelly, who recently worked for Middlesbrough’s James Cook University Hospital, appeared before a remote misconduct hearing today after confessing to more than 40 allegations.

The rheumatologist was arrested and handed a restraining order following a sustained campaign of harassment against a student in 2017, according to evidence submitted by the GMC to the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) panel.

Later this week, the panel will hear evidence from ‘Miss B’, a woman with autism who reported Dr Kelly to police after he bombarded her with a series of disturbing messages and quizzed her about her sex life.

The Northern Echo:

The doctor’s messages – sent despite the woman asking him not to contact her or her family – included several that cast aspersions upon her mental state.

In one document entitled ‘Last Chance’ he indicated that she was paranoid and said if she maintained her decision to stop contact, she would “live a lonely life” and have few friends.

He indicated he would support her financially and academically if she maintained contact with him.

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In another message, he warned her that she could become ‘lost and alone, with no friends or family and with no support’ and compared her with another woman who had previously made allegations of harassment against him.

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The doctor repeatedly referred to the woman’s mental and physical illnesses throughout his unwanted correspondence and accused her of being unable to appreciate his perspective on her life.

On Monday, his representative told a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) panel that the doctor was prepared to admit his actions amounted to harassment.

However, Mr Haycroft said the doctor - who has worked for the NHS for more than 40 years – could not identify the point at which his behaviour towards ‘Miss B’ became problematic.

He added: “The doctor is not saying his actions did not amount to harassment – there came a point when they did.”

Dr Kelly continued to contact the woman even after being arrested and banned from doing so.

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He has also been accused of lying in a job application in 2019 by failing to declare that he was being investigated by the GMC after receiving a Police Information Notice over the harassment of another woman in 2015.

At the time, the regulatory body was also looking into the doctor’s failure to carry out management instructions regarding contacting patients outside of normal processes and hours; ignoring patients to concentrate on young, female students and two incidents of ‘non-standard’ prescribing.

Dr Kelly has provided care at hospitals across the region and has been involved in teaching and clinical research.

He has worked overseas and with universities on the development of medical and humanitarian projects.

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, he has treated acutely ill patients at the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The tribunal continues tomorrow.


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