A leading doctor obtained drugs illegally from a high street chemist and stole books from Chorley Hospital, a medical tribunal has heard.

Dr Gregory Dilliway was the subject of a misconduct and fitness to practise hearing at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.

Previously he had performed “a strategic role in public health” and was a former director of the British Medical Association (BMA).

Dr Dilliway, who is 50, was the subject of several allegations which included dishonestly obtaining medications from Boots the Chemist in Market Walk, Chorley in August 2010.

The tribunal heard that Mr Dilliway knew the prescription was not genuine and had been issued to him as a replacement for one he had reported lost and had subsequently found.

It was also alleged that Dr Dilliway stole library books from Chorley and District General Hospital in May 2011.

Other allegations included failing to inform the GMC that he had been charged with an offence of theft and that on several occasions he issued private prescriptions for himself for medications.

Dr Dilliway was a former a leading medic and was at one time the joint deputy chairman of the BMA’s staff and associate specialist committee.

He lived and practiced in Lancashire as a consultant on public health and was not a doctor with direct responsibility for patients.

He had voluntarily written to the General Medical Council with a request to be struck off as a doctor.

In his own words he described his return to practise to be “unethical” and “unsafe” and he had no intention of practicing as a doctor in the future.

The panel said Dr Dilliway “demonstrates a desire to cease to be registered”.

The panel report also states: “Dr Dilliway’s alleged misconduct involves issues of honesty and probity, namely self prescribing, dishonestly obtaining medication, theft of library book and failing to inform that he had been charged with theft.

“The panel considers the alleged misconduct to be very serious.”

The panel agreed to Dr Dilliways’s application for voluntary erasure and his name was struck off from the medical register with immediate effect.