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Scott back in business, but name in dispute

GAVIN Scott, who served five months in prison after being convicted of raping teenage

boys, has restarted his Phnom Penh medical practice.

Scott has established himself in the ground floor of his old premises, underneath

the clinic of his former business partner, Australian nurse Susanne Smith.

The two are no longer in practice together but both are using the name Access Medical

Services.

The name is under dispute by the two and Smith said this week she intended to move

her practice to avoid confusion.

Scott, who opened for business this week, said it was his intention to stay in Cambodia

in the short term, but "the long term depends on other factors."

One important factor, he said, was that most of his former clients have now left

the country.

"Most of the people I knew [when he arrived] in 1992 have left, so that makes

it more difficult to start up again.

"Nevertheless, I'm still the only English doctor in Phnom Penh and the only

one with the qualifications that I have got."

Scott said his trial and imprisonment had devastated him financially and "I

need time to get back into the black."

He said he had rented the downstairs of his former clinic because that address was

listed in many Cambodian guidebooks advertising his services.

He did not want to discuss the matter of Susanne Smith and himself both using the

name Access Medical Services except to say: "We are no longer working together

and the decision about the names will be made at a later time."

Susanne Smith said: "The name is in dispute, I can't say more than that."

She intended to move her practice to other premises this week.

"I'm leaving because I just recently discovered Gavin moving in at the bottom

of my clinic. I don't know what to say, it looks silly for all sides."

Smith said both she and a new doctor she was in practice with found the situation

"uncomfortable" and "I'm leaving to avoid any confusion with my clientele."

Scott, released from T3 prison on Nov 23, had been convicted of raping five teenage

boys. He has maintained his innocence.

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