A DUDLEY doctor who wrote love letter to a patient has been struck off.

Dr Sachiendra Amaragiri told the woman she had "struck some distant cord" in him, almost six weeks after he gave her a colonoscopy at Russells Hall Hospital.

The letter, which was sent to the woman's home address by special delivery in October 2015, said: "When you stepped into my clinic for the first time, I was suddenly stunned and taken aback by your presence.

"You twanged some distant chord which had laid dormant in me for so many years.

"You induced this unusually extraordinary tender feelings of weakness in my emotional setting.

"To this day I have been unable to fathom this power you hold on me."

But after receiving the letter, in which he invited her to meet him for a drink, the woman, reported him to the police and the General Medical Council (GMC).

The victim, known as Patient A, said: "The whole incident has left me shocked and shaken. I have found it very intimidating.

"I went for a procedure, a colonoscopy, and I was completely naked from waist down.

"Dr Amaragiri was looking at my personal area, and I had put my trust in him.

"I felt completely violated. It was not as if the doctor was looking at my arm. It was a very private area, a personal area which I had trusted him with.

"Quite a few weeks after the letter I still felt very scared. I have still been left very frightened by the whole situation. I do not want to see any doctor ever again."

Dr Amaragiri apologised to the woman and to his colleagues at the hospital via letters to the GMC, which said: "My profound apologies for writing a letter to you in that manner that you felt it objectionable.

"I am profusely dismayed that I have let you down by my indiscreetness. I deeply regret that I have disappointed you and I am terribly sorry.

"I accept full responsibly for my moment of indiscreet irrational action that has led to this investigation.

"I alone is responsible and have brought this upon myself and has caused unnecessary distress not only to my patients but also the many people in many departments in the hospital."

Mr Amaragiri's name was removed from the medical register after he was found guilty of misconduct at a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service hearing, which he did not attend.

A report of the tribunal's findings said: "The tribunal accepts that this was an isolated incident. However, doctors practising medicine are required to respect the dignity and privacy of patients and not use their professional position to pursue a sexual relationship.

"To do so is to undermine public confidence in the medical profession and its reputation.

"Having brought the profession into disrepute, there remains a risk that Dr Amaragiri may repeat his behaviour in view of his limited insight and lack of remediation."