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A heart doctor's girlfriend developed skin cancer after she kept falling asleep in the sun because he 'illicitly' kept giving her sleeping pills for insomnia, a tribunal heard.
NHS consultant cardiologist David Hildick-Smith gave the mother-of-one so many extra sedatives on top of those she had been prescribed she became addicted to them, it is claimed.
Woman - Doctor - Melanoma - Tablets - California
The woman - also a senior doctor - was diagnosed with melanoma and claimed the tablets caused her to fall asleep in the hot California sun for many hours.
She took them when she was jet lagged after long haul business flights from her home in Surrey to San Diego.
Blisters - Skin
She said she would wake up with severe blisters and burning to her skin.
Cambridge-educated Hildick-Smith, 55, who works at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton had prescribed Diazepam, Zolpidem and Zopiclone to the woman even though she was not his patient, it was alleged.
Occasion - Professor - Interventional - Cardiology - Sussex
On one occasion the Professor of Interventional Cardiology at the Sussex Cardiac Centre allegedly prescribed a course of 84 diazapam tablets in one go even though Ms A was being given anti-depressants by her GP.
He was charged with misconduct by the General Medical Council after she made a complaint about him in 2017 saying: 'My only aim is to seek justice - I have handled this very discreetly over the past seven years without inciting a public farce.'
Medical - Practitioners - Tribunal - Service - Manchester
At the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester the unnamed woman known only as Ms A said: 'I am not prepared to tell lies.
'I believe this is not a lie at all because when I went to see a dermatologist he said to me that I had obviously had extensive burns to my back when I had been sedated for a number of years.
Doses - Sun
'I had taken large doses, therefore I had fallen asleep in the sun...
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