A leading fertility consultant wrote fake prescriptions to get free Viagra to boost his performance in bed while enjoying an affair, a court has heard.

Consultant gynaecologist Dr Harsit Tejura, 51, from Cardiff was having extra marital sex when he prescribed 30 packs of the pills for his own use under fake names.

This saved the married father-of-three hundreds of pounds, until he was caught when a Tesco manager became suspicious of his frequent visits to the store’s pharmacy.

Tejura blamed his erectile dysfunction on stress in his home life and at work within the NHS and his private clinic in South Wales.

Consultant gynaecologist Dr Harsit Tejura, 51, from Cardiff, with his wife Dr Amanda O'Leary

Consultant gynaecologist Dr Harsit Tejura, 51, from Cardiff, with his wife Dr Amanda O'Leary

Consultant gynaecologist Dr Harsit Tejura, 51, from Cardiff, with his wife Dr Amanda O’Leary

The court heard he could have legally bought the Viagra over the counter at High Street chemists but ‘not in the same volume’.

Instead he used false names to write 30 NHS prescriptions which are free in Wales – saving himself £357.58.

Cardiff Crown Court heard Tejura’s career was in ruins after he ‘damaged the high degree of trust placed in doctors’.

Prosecutor Rosamund Rutter said: ‘Tesco pharmacy manager Jane Williams thought it was rather unusual for a doctor to collect prescriptions on behalf of his patients.

‘Some of the addresses on the prescriptions were incomplete and some were ‘care of’ addresses.

‘He was confronted by Mrs Williams and returned later with a printed label with the patient’s name.’

Tejura was arrested and made a full admission when he was interviewed at Merthyr Tydfil Police Station in July last year.

Ms Rutter said: ‘He said he was suffering from high levels of stress due to his home and personal life and suffered erectile dysfunction as a result.

‘He admitted enjoying extra marital sex at the time.’

The CRGW - Centre for Reproduction & Gynaecology Wales - in Ynysmaerdy, Wales, where Tejura works

The CRGW - Centre for Reproduction & Gynaecology Wales - in Ynysmaerdy, Wales, where Tejura works

The CRGW – Centre for Reproduction & Gynaecology Wales – in Ynysmaerdy, Wales, where Tejura works

The NHS specialist fraud department was called in to investigate the surgeon, a director of the Centre for Reproduction and Gynaecology Wales, and discovered he also handed in phoney Viagra prescriptions at an Asda supermarket pharmacy.

Police raided his office at the fertility clinic’s HQ in Llantrisant, near Cardiff, where they found he had been stealing controlled drugs from the company he was a director of.

The consultant said vials of the anaesthetic Fentanyl found in a locked cabinet were for his intended suicide.

Tejura sat in the dock with his head bowed while his wife Dr Amanda O’Leary, also a director of the fertility clinic, listened to the evidence from the public gallery.

Nick Gedge, defending, said: ‘One feature of the fraud is that Viagra can be bought over the counter in any high street chemist.

‘But Dr Tejura chose not to do that which best illustrates his state of mind – he simply wasn’t’ thinking straight.’

The court heard Dr Tejura was a generous man who had given free or discounted treatments to private patients.

Mr Gedge said: ‘He has been very much a contributor to society rather than a detractor from it. He is of impeccable character.

The house Dr Harsit Tejura and Dr Amanda O'Leary in the outskirts of Cardiff. He said struggles in his home life contributed to his viagra use

The house Dr Harsit Tejura and Dr Amanda O'Leary in the outskirts of Cardiff. He said struggles in his home life contributed to his viagra use

The house Dr Harsit Tejura and Dr Amanda O’Leary in the outskirts of Cardiff. He said struggles in his home life contributed to his viagra use

‘His wife’s letter to the court speaks eloquently of their difficulties and how they are successfully rebuilding their lives after a shattering period.

‘In the light of these proceedings his registration as a doctor will be seriously in jeopardy.’

Tejura admitted one charge of fraud by dishonestly making a false representation and two of theft between January 2017 and June 2019.

The ‘devoted father’ resigned as a director of the Centre for Reproduction and Gynaecology Wales last year and is not working at the moment.

The General Medical Council is due to rule on his future as a doctor later this year.

Judge Richard Williams said he had ‘changed his mind’ about sending the consultant to prison because there was no commercial gain in acquiring the sex enhancement pills.

The judge told him: ‘The Viagra could have been prescribed over the counter albeit not in the same volumes you prescribed for yourself.

‘The harm is minimal – but you have damaged the high degree of trust placed in doctors.’

Tejura was given a Community Order with a 25-day rehabilitation requirement and was fined £1,000.

Source: | NHS

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