NHS consultant, 56, shoved his hand through car window and shouted 'you do not want to fight me'

Mail Online | 9/7/2018 | Joel Adams For Mailonline
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A senior NHS heart doctor who grabbed a driver by the scruff of the neck during a stressed-out row is fighting to save his three-decade career in medicine today.

Consultant cardiologist Richard Steeds, 56, reached into the man's car and grabbed him by his necktie saying: 'You do not want to fight me' during an altercation at a pedestrian crossing.

Driver - Incident - Action - Steeds

The unnamed driver reported the incident to police who initially said no action would be taken against Steeds.

But the victim asked the decision to be reviewed and the Cambridge-educated doctor subsequently accepted a police caution for assault.

Behaviour - Workload

He later blamed his behaviour on being 'overwhelmed by a consistently increasing workload'.

At the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, the father-of-three who works at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham faced being struck off after a disciplinary panel found his fitness to practise medicine had been impaired due to his behaviour.

Incident - September - Driver - Member - Mr

The incident occurred on September 7 2018 when the driver, a member of the public known as Mr A was driving around the grounds of the hospital.

Steeds was about to walk over a pedestrian crossing between two buildings when Mr A unexpectedly stopped in front of him.

Medic - Cardiac - Imaging - Management - Heart

The medic, who specialises in diagnostic cardiac imaging and in the management of valvular heart disease, was so incensed at his path being blocked he walked around the back of the vehicle and the pair were said to have 'had an exchange of words'.

It culminated in Steeds reaching into Mr A's car and grasping him by the neck.

Driver - Incident - Police - Day

The driver then went and reported the incident to the police that same day.

Steeds, from Walsall, attended a police station voluntarily on September 8 and was subsequently told no action would be taken.

Driver - 'Victim - Right - Review

But the driver chose to exercise his 'Victim's Right to Review'.

On November 27 Steeds accepted a conditional caution for...
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