A helpline has been installed for patients of a family doctor after he was arrested and charged with a string of sexual crimes.
Dr Davinder Jeet Bains, 45, was taken into custody and formally charged with a total of six offences, of which four were claimed to have taken place at Tinkers Lane Surgery, in Royal Wootton Bassett,Wiltshire, where his surgery was based.
Bains, from Swindon qualified in 1993 from Mangalore University, Karnataka, India and is suspected of committing four counts of sexual assault and voyeurism at the surgery and another count of sexual assault and applying a toxic drug with the intention of committing a sexual offence at his home.
In acknowledgement, the Primary Care Trust, NHS Wiltshire, has corresponded with all the female patients at the surgery and also set up a dedicated helpline, accessible from this morning, for patients to contact with any anxieties.
A spokesman for NHS Wiltshire said: “We can confirm that Davinder Jeet Bains, a GP from the Tinkers Lane Surgery in Royal Wootton Bassett (pictured), has been charged with serious allegations including sexual assault and voyeurism.
“Dr Bains has been suspended by the General Medical Council and the Tinkers Lane Surgery.
“He will be unable to practise medicine while the legal process is under way.
“Wiltshire Police are now leading a criminal investigation, and are working closely with colleagues from NHS Wiltshire and Wiltshire Council to provide support and advice to those involved.
“We understand that patients may be worried and concerned, and that they may have questions.
“NHS Wiltshire has written to all female patients who are aged 16 and over and that are registered with Tinkers Lane Surgery to provide them with details of a helpline which has been established for the public to call with any questions or concerns.
Professional advice is available through the helpline.”
On 29th June the General Medical Council Interim Orders Panel agreed to defer Bains’ licence to practise while the case was ongoing.
A GMC official said: “It’s the GMC’s job to protect patients by ensuring doctors are fit to practise.
“When a criminal investigation is taking place into a doctor we wait for its outcome before we call the doctor to a fitness to practise hearing.
“In order to protect patients we can restrict a doctor’s practice during this time. In this case, Dr Bains has been suspended from the medical register and may not work as a doctor in the UK.”
A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said: “We can confirm that Davinder Jeet Bains, aged 45, of Swindon, a GP from Royal Wootton Bassett, has been arrested and charged with four counts of sexual assault and voyeurism at Tinkers Lane doctors’ surgery in Royal Wootton Bassett, and one count of sexual assault and administering a noxious drug with intent to commit a sexual offence at his home address.
“He appeared at Swindon Magistrates Court on Saturday, June 16 and was remanded in custody to reappear at Swindon Crown Court on Friday, July 6.
“Anyone who has concerns or wishes to speak to police regarding this matter should contact the police on 101.”