Hospital doctor struck off after night of shame

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A Milton Keynes Hospital locum doctor who stole from a hotel guest then hired a prostitute will never be allowed to practise again.

Robert Barnett was struck off the Medical Register after his night of shame, which happened while he was visiting his family in Poland.

This week he tried to appeal the ruling by the General Medical Council by taking his case to the High Court in London.

But the court agreed with the GMC that his behaviour was a serious breach of good medical practice.

Mr Barnett, who is 45, blamed alcohol and “silliness” for his misdemeanours.

The GMC heard how he was staying in a Polish hotel and decided to ask an attractive fellow guest out for a drink.

He went to her room and, discovering it was empty, took her camera, purse, bank cards, and other belongings.

Mr Barnett told the panel he intended to return them, rendering himself a “knight in shining armour” to a pretty lady.

After taking the belongings, he went out to hire a prostitute.

He was arrested when he returned to the hotel in the early hours of the next morning.

Mr Barnett was suspended by MK Hospital bosses after the incident.

He told the High Court he had been suffering from anxiety that affected his behaviour .

Judge Mr Justice Kerr upheld the GMC decision.