6th September 2019

Former Sunderland GP Dr Thair Altaii who last year was found guilty of three voyeurism offences has today had his name erased from the Medical register.

This comes after the former GP was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court to 14 months imprisonment in 2018 after over 19,000 images of women were found on Dr Altaii’s devices by police. The investigation followed reports by a patient of Redhouse Medical Centre in Sunderland that she believed she had been covertly filmed by the GP using mobile phones in the consultation room.

The photographs and video footage found by the police showed female patients in various stages of undress all of which had been taken in his surgery.

Dr Altaii was suspended from practising when charges were brought. In addition to his custodial sentence which he has since served Dr Altaii has this week faced misconduct proceedings with the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS).

The MPTS yesterday assessed Dr Altaii’s fitness to practice as being impaired as a result of his convictions and determined that his name should be erased from the Medical Register. Of particular note was the determination by the MPTS that there remains a risk of repetition of Dr Altaii’s actions given his lack of insight into his offending. The Tribunal determined that due to the seriousness of its findings an immediate order of suspension is necessary in order to protect the public and the reputation of the medical profession.

We at Ben Hoare Bell LLP are instructed by clients to pursue claims for damages for victims of former Sunderland GP Dr Altaii for the significant distress and anxiety suffered.

Solicitor Andrew Freckleton who has been instructed by a number of clients who were victims of Dr Altaii had the following to say regarding the news:-

“We very much welcome the determination reached by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service this week. Dr Thair Altaii actions have had a significant impact upon his victims who are still suffering from his actions to this day. His behaviour constituted a significant breach of trust and damaged public confidence in the medical profession and it is therefore only right and proper that his name be erased from the Medical Register”.

If you have been affected by this incident or any other data breach please contact our solicitors Richard Hardy and Andrew Freckleton on 0191 565 3112 or email advice@benhoarebell.co.uk

Our solicitors Richard Hardy and Andrew Freckleton have represented a large number of clients in relation to data protection issues and successfully obtained significant awards of compensation for distress caused by data breaches.