Monday 25 September 2017

Doctor guilty of kissing patient in his hospital bedroom

Kevin Keane

A woman who was kissed by a doctor in his on-call bedroom has revealed that she's been forced to leave her home town because of the incident.

Teri Chamberlain said she can never return to the hospital where Hossam Desoky carried out the act and can "never feel safe again".

She suffers from a chronic health condition and requires frequent medical attention. Because of this, she has moved away from Cahir, Co Tipperary, to undergo medical attention elsewhere.

Yesterday, Dr Desoky was found guilty of two counts of professional misconduct by a Medical Council fitness-to-practise committee.

The first allegation relates to his inviting or allowing Ms Chamberlain into his on-call bedroom while working a night-shift as a consultant anaesthetist in South Tipperary General Hospital on July 13, 2010.

The second was that he kissed his patient as they were leaving the room.

Dr Desoky, who has returned to his native Egypt, admitted to both allegations but claimed that Ms Chamberlain followed him to his room and that the kiss was the kind one would give a family member.

However, a medical expert told the inquiry it was "entirely inappropriate" for a doctor to kiss a patient and it was an intimate act and behaviour "which could be described as disgraceful and dishonourable".

The incidents happened while Ms Chamberlain was being kept in overnight ahead of a procedure the following day.

Dr Desoky was also found guilty of two counts of poor professional practice, for calling Ms Chamberlain on her mobile phone and for failing to record a chest examination he carried out on her.

Sexually

The inquiry found that five allegations against Dr Desoky were not proven as to fact, including that he sexually assaulted or molested Ms Chamberlain.

Following the inquiry conclusion yesterday, Ms Chamberlain said: "I don't feel safe at the hospital. I moved three times because I knew he (Dr Desoky) had taken my phone number off the (medical) chart."

The fitness-to-practice committee's decision will be sent to the board of the Medical Council, which will decide what sanction, if any, should be imposed.

Irish Independent

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