Doctor repeatedly rang patient in attempt to arrange marriage for friend
Published 10/03/2011 | 05:00
A SUDANESE registrar claimed he was acting as a friend rather than a doctor after repeatedly contacting a patient on her mobile phone and attempting to arrange her marriage to a friend.
Dr Eltayeb Elkhabir (40), a married Muslim father of three, was previously sanctioned by the Irish Medical Council in 2008 after it was found he had promoted his religious beliefs.
Sinead Doyle (34), from Walkinstown, Dublin, a bank worker, complained to the private hospital, The Hermitage Clinic, in west Dublin, gardai and the medical council after receiving texts and phone calls from the doctor.
Ms Doyle told the fitness-to-practise committee he had been "over-friendly" after he took her details while admitting her to the Hermitage Clinic on May 27, 2010, for tests for abdominal trouble.
The doctor appeared before the committee yesterday on a series of allegations of professional misconduct or poor professional performance. Ms Doyle said Dr Elkhabir later rang her and asked her if she would be interested in meeting his friend and it could result in marriage.
In correspondence with the council, Dr Elkhabir said: "This is a very normal step for my religion and in my culture."
He apologised for any hassle and emphasised he had never abused or hurt any patient. The committee reserved its decision.