Police sorry after its ex-doctor carried out improper medical exams

PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 March 2017

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Avon and Somerset Constabulary has apologised to more than 50 people subjected to improper medical examinations by a force doctor.

Dr Reginald Bunting died aged 80 in 2013, but was the constabulary’s medical officer from 1990 to 1997, during which time he would conduct examinations of new recruits.

In 2015, a number of retired officers came forward with concerns about the way those exams were carried out.

More than 800 people were interviewed during an independent investigation, which concluded that 44 of the 112 cases examined saw Dr Bunting’s conduct fall below an ‘acceptable standard for the time’, while 10 cases were ‘woefully or grossly below common and acceptable standards’.

Deputy Chief Constable Gareth Morgan said people were not kept safe as they should have been while on the force’s premises.

He said: “We apologise unreservedly to all the people affected.

“Anyone requiring a police medical examination held on police premises by a police doctor should have had an expectation of being safe.

“It is clear some of these examinations fell well below this standard.

“Had Dr Bunting been alive, there would have been sufficient evidence to interview him under caution as a criminal suspect.”

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