Thursday 21 September 2017

No prosecution after hospital rape claim

Bon Secours Hospital, Tralee, Co Kerry
Bon Secours Hospital, Tralee, Co Kerry
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

No prosecution will be brought in the case of an alleged rape of a 61-year-old female patient by a health worker in a Kerry hospital, the Irish Independent has learned.

The assault was alleged to have happened on September 10 at the Bon Secours Hospital in Tralee after the woman had a MRI scan.

A file was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions who has now issued a direction of "no prosecution", gardaí have confirmed.

The health worker was not employed directly by the Bon Secours but worked with a service provider. He has since left Ireland.

He did not keep an appointment to call to Tralee garda station and his whereabouts is unknown.

When gardaí arrived at the hospital following the complaint the worker admitted having sex with the woman, but claimed it was consensual.

He resigned from his job, which he had held since 2009, but did not keep an appointment with gardaí some days later.

The woman said she had given the health worker a €10 tip after having a scan and was changing into her clothes when the alleged attack happened.

The woman had a forensic examination in Cork and was offered counselling.

Regulatory authorities in Ireland were notified of the allegation against the health worker, as were similar bodies abroad.

A team of executives in the company from the UK travelled to the Kerry town in the wake of the allegation.

The allegation led to the setting up of an internal inquiry by the company.

The review found its patient safety procedures are in line with other similar healthcare providers.

It checked to ensure all staff have up-to-date registration and Garda clearance.

Irish Independent

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