Female staff in hospitals all over the UK - including Chichester and Worthing - tormented by hoax caller who poses as a doctor

Female staff in hospitals all over the UK – including St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester – have been targeted by a hoax caller who poses as a doctor.
St Richard's Hospital in Chichester.St Richard's Hospital in Chichester.
St Richard's Hospital in Chichester.

According to a report published in The Daily Mirror yesterday, the caller contacts hospital switchboards and asks to speak to a gynaecologist, sexual health worker or midwife, who he then asks for help with sexual problems.

The Mirror reported that he has been working for at least five years, calling more than 20 hospitals under at least two pseudonyms, giving him scope to make lewd comments to hundreds of women at work.

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An NHS spokesperson told The Mirror: “NHS staff are working hard to deliver care for patients while experiencing record demand so it is completely unacceptable that their time is being wasted. Sexual misconduct in any form is completely unacceptable and the NHS is committed to ensuring a safe ­environment for staff and patients.”

As well as Chichester, the man is believed to have targeted hospitals in Worthing, Bristol, Brighton, Plymouth, Doncaster, Bath and more. The Mirror reported that staff at Salisbury District Hospital reported him last year, but Wiltshire Police were unable to pursue the investigation. Similarly, The National Police Chiefs Council told the Mail that they had no record of the case.