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Speak out, cleared GP's patient urges

Louise Hogan and Eilish O'Regan

Published 27/01/2011 | 05:00

A WOMAN yesterday urged patients to find the courage to complain if they feel a doctor has acted inappropriately towards them.

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Elaine McGrane (35), of Naas, Co Kildare, said she would encourage anyone who felt they had been mistreated to make their concerns public after she took a complaint to the Medical Council against a GP.

Earlier this week, the council's Fitness to Practise committee cleared the GP -- Dr Hashim Abdullah Mukhtar Eisa, of Basin Street Medical Centre, Naas, Co Kildare -- of all charges against him.

He had been accused of carrying out an inappropriate internal examination on Ms McGrane.

"Although the outcome was bad in a sense for me, I'd say come forward and go public," she said after the hearing.

The hearing was told that the medical centre did not have a policy of offering a chaperone to patients undergoing intimate examinations.

Irish College of General Practitioners spokesman Dr Mel Bates said yesterday that there were no binding rules for doctors about having chaperones, such as a practice nurse, for patients.

But he said doctors were advised to ensure the patient gave permission for the exam and was informed in advance about what was involved.

Irish Independent

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