A doctor accused of cupping the breasts of a naked sedated patient was cleared of any wrongdoing by a medical panel in Manchester today.
Dr Stephen Graham, 54, a consultant anaesthetist at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, faced a series of accusations from nurses about inappropriate conduct.
Dr Graham was said to have leered at an unconscious woman and groping staff and patients but the Fitness to Practice Panel of the General Medical Council cleared him of all claims.
Following the hearing, Dr Graham said: "I am extremely pleased with the outcome of my fitness to practise hearing.
"There has been a great burden on me and my family since the allegations were made and I am relieved that this matter is now over.
"I would like to thank my family and friends for their support during this difficult time."
The board determined that any touching of patients or nurses, the removal of one patient's gown to expose her naked body and the observations of patients was not done with malice or for sexual gratification.
The panel said that Dr Graham is a highly intelligent, fastidious yet quirky individual and is an excellent teacher.