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Doctor who bit nurse on elbow found guilty of misconduct

Kevin Keane

Published 10/01/2013 | 05:00

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A DOCTOR who bit a nurse on her elbow and told another nurse that she was "very, very sexy" has been found guilty of professional misconduct.

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A Medical Council fitness-to-practise committee has heard allegations from four different female nurses regarding Dr Osmanmahir Mahir's behaviour in Tallaght Hospital over a one-week period in January 2009.

Dr Mahir, who is originally from Sudan and no longer lives in Ireland, was on anti-depressant medication at the time.

In a letter to the Medical Council's preliminary proceedings committee, he said the issue was tearing his life apart and had become an ongoing nightmare: "I wish to go on with my life. These events opened my eyes wide to areas which I need to work on."

An internal investigation by the Adelaide and Meath Hospital in Tallaght suggested that there was a psychological factor to Dr Mahir's behaviour.

However, its authors concluded that they were not competent to comment further.

Dr Mahir worked in Tallaght Hospital for just 15 days before being dismissed from his post as a senior house officer.

Yesterday Dr Mahir, who did not attend the inquiry but admitted to the allegations before him, was found guilty of professional misconduct on eight grounds.

Among them were that on August 26, 2009, he failed to inform Sligo General Hospital that he had worked in the Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Tallaght, and had been dismissed.

In order to protect their identities, none of the nurses present were named during the inquiry.

Nurse B told the hearing that Dr Mahir was "always hanging around".

'Sexy'

"On one occasion he asked was I single. I told him I wasn't and he asked me would I go out with him if I was. To get him off my back I told him I would," Nurse B said.

"About a week later, he friended me on Facebook. I had a picture of myself in a bikini and he made a comment saying 'very, very sexy'. I thought it was inappropriate and my husband did also so I de-friended him. The next day I went up to him and told him, 'you're my work colleague please don't do anything like that again'."

The fitness-to-practise committee found that this allegation was proven as to fact but did not constitute professional misconduct as it fell short of the required test of being behaviour that doctors of good repute would consider disgraceful and/or dishonourable.

A woman identified as Nurse D told the hearing that on January 14 she was in the resuscitation room when Dr Mahir came up behind her and bit her on her exposed elbow.

"He didn't break the skin but I had teeth marks and a red area. I couldn't leave the room because I had a seriously ill patient. I asked him to go away from me and he left the room. He told me that's what he did with his friends," she said.

"I was very shook. I know I work in a volatile environment and would expect it from an aggressive patient but I had never got it from a colleague. It was a huge shock," Nurse D said.

The committee found that Dr Mahir's behaviour in relation to Nurse D did constitute professional misconduct.

The committee's decision on sanction was not disclosed yesterday but will be forwarded to the board of the Medical Council which will decide on what action, if any, should be taken.

Irish Independent

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