Physio faces the axe for fondling patients

Albert Constable
Albert Constable

A BOTHWELL physiotherapist will discover later this month if he is to be struck off after being accused of trying to sexually assault a patient.

It is claimed that Albert Constable (53) attacked one woman and acted ‘inappropriately’ towards another during treatment in the late 1990s.

Constable has already been found guilty of misconduct towards patients in 2008 and after the case he was arrested by police when more allegations came to light.

Charges against him were dropped, but he was due to appear before the Health Professionals Council conduct and competence committee in Glasgow last Wednesday.

Due to lack of time the case was postponed for three weeks.

It is claimed by the HPC that Constable’s actions were ‘sexually motivated’.

An HPC report said: “The matters set out constitute misconduct and, by virtue of that misconduct, Constable’s fitness to practice is impaired.”

At the time of the police probe in 2009 he was serving a one-year professional ban imposed after other allegations of misconduct while working at a Larkhall doctor’s surgery.

Full story in July 14 edition of Bellshill Speaker