A Nigerian doctor who fathered a secret love child with a patient and then had an affair with another woman at his surgery has been struck off.
Dr Oladapo Idowu was guilty of misconduct in exploiting the women and posed a risk of repeating his behaviour, a General Medical Council Fitness to Practise Panel ruled.
The doctor began a relationship with the mother of his child in 2003 while she was a patient at St David’s Clinic in Newport, South Wales.
When she gave birth, Nigerian-born Dr Idowu told her to name the baby’s father as a different name from his own.
He then began a second affair with another patient at the clinic who he met in a nightclub in Newport.
The woman told the hearing sitting in Manchester that she had told him she was a patient at his surgery but he laughed it off.
He was suspended from his post in July 2005 but took another job with Primecare, an independent out-of-hours medical service, claiming he thought he was only barred from working in Gwent.
Dr Idowu’s name was erased from the register after the panel found him guilty of dishonest and inappropriate behaviour, and abusing his professional position.
The panel stated: “The panel views his abuse of position and breach of confidentiality in the most serious light.
“The panel is seriously concerned about Dr Idowu’s failure to maintain appropriate boundaries with patients and about his exploitation of two vulnerable women.
“The panel is not satisfied the doctor has any insight into his failings and is concerned that there is a significant risk he would repeat this behaviour.”
Dr Idowu, who qualified from the University of Ibadan in 1989, was not present at the hearing. The panel was told he was on holiday in Nigeria.
– Agency Report