Saturday 25 February 2017

Doctor facing harassment probe claims he was victim

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

A JUNIOR doctor facing seven allegations of professional misconduct claimed a female colleague "kissed him on the lips and squeezed his buttocks" while on duty at a major hospital, a Medical Council hearing heard yesterday.

Dr Onada Olajide Onada, who worked as a non-consultant hospital doctor at Galway University Hospital, acted in his own defence at a fitness to practise hearing at the council yesterday.

Referring to himself in the third person, he asked his colleague, fellow junior doctor Dr Aisling Nee, under examination whether she had kissed him on the lips and squeezed his buttocks at a day ward in the hospital where they both worked last year.

"I never went in (to the ward) and I never kissed you," she told the hearing.

Dr Nee is one of four female doctors who allege that Dr Onada was engaged in " harassing and/or intimidating and inappropriate verbal and/or text and email communications" with them between August 19, 2010 and January 19, 2011.

She told the hearing that she made a written complaint about Dr Onada to a senior staff consultant on December 6, 2010.

She alleged that on one occasion when she went to use a computer at the hospital where Dr Onada had logged on, she discovered he had been searching the topic "hourglass figures" in a Google search engine.

Hourglass

She alleged that Dr Onada then commented that she had an hourglass figure herself, to which she made no comment.

"I thought it was an inappropriate comment to make. All I wanted to do was use the computer," she told the hearing.

"I think that commenting on a woman's figure in the workplace is harassment of a sexual nature," she added.

She said she also received two unsolicited emails from Dr Onada, who currently lives in Co Kilkenny, who used an unusual email address that included the term "figure eight hourglass".

She said she also received a Facebook message from him that included a photograph of a couple leaning towards each other which she felt was "unusual and inappropriate."

But she denied his assertion that her complaint was motivated by anger and a desire to tarnish his reputation due to a verbal altercation she had with him previously over workload issues.

"I did take issue with your behaviour in the workplace," she told the hearing.

Other allegations include failure to respond "adequately or at all" to his pager while on duty on five separate occasions, failing to inform the hospital "in a timely manner" that he would not be attending for duty, and failing to take blood tests from one or more patients "in a timely manner or at all" despite being requested to do so on one or more occasions.

The hearing resumes today.

Irish Independent

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