Monday 18 December 2017

Doctor denies 'xxx' messages to his colleagues were inappropriate

Dr Onada Olajide Onada: appearing before a Medical Council hearing
Dr Onada Olajide Onada: appearing before a Medical Council hearing
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

A MALE doctor who sent text messages and emails to female colleagues calling them "cutie" and containing the letters "xxx" has denied that his conduct was inappropriate.

Dr Onada Olajide Onada (40) said that the message referred to the action movie 'xXx'.

The doctor, who is married and lives in Co Kilkenny, was being cross-examined yesterday at a Medical Council hearing into seven claims of professional misconduct against him.

He worked as a Senior House Officer at Galway University Hospital between August 2010 and January 2011, when he was dismissed following disciplinary meetings into complaints against him.

He denied allegations that he failed to respond when "bleeped" to see patients, took leave knowing it was not appropriate, and failed to inform the hospital in a timely manner that he could not attend work.

Dr Onada also denied that he failed to take blood from a patient in a timely manner, made an inappropriate entry on another doctor's record, and failed to carry a bleeper device when required to do so.

One of the charges against him included allegations that he sent inappropriate messages and conducted himself inappropriately with female doctors.

In one incident, Dr Onada denied that a text message sent to Dr M on September 13, 2010, which read: "wakey wakey, on the night shift xxx, hope your weekend was splendid xxx," was inappropriate.

He said that the 'xXx' referred to a Vin Diesel movie and he had sent this film to a nun working in the hospital, who told him he was "welcome in the convent anytime".

Asked what he meant by this, Dr Onada said it showed that the meaning of the message depended on perception and he meant nothing by it.

He said that a conversation he had with the same doctor in which he asked "do you want to have my children?" and "where do you think children come from? They come from copulation, sex," was taken out of context.

Dr Onada also defended his conduct towards Dr R. He claimed an email sent to her on August 29, 2010, from his email address containing a picture of scantily clad women was not sent by him but possibly by the nanny of one of his children.

The doctor also alleged that Dr R made a sexual advance to him because she texted him saying staff were going for lunch and asked if he wanted to come.

JP McDowell, counsel for the CEO of the Medical Council, said that what Dr Onada was asking the committee to believe was "preposterous".

Another doctor, Dr Mc, said she was offended by a text message sent by Dr Onada in which he complimented her dress.

He argued that the message was "compliments you give female colleagues all the time".

Dr Onada also denied his conduct towards colleague Dr Aisling Nee was inappropriate.

Dr Nee complained that he asked her if she was having regular sex, told her she had an hourglass body and sent her an image on Facebook that showed a couple leaning in to kiss.

He alleged that on one occasion she fell on to his lap and stayed there for five minutes and on another she kissed him and squeezed his buttocks. She denied both allegations.

"It's the CEO's case that you're either making it up, or more worrying, that you actually believe it's true," Mr McDowell said. A ruling is due in the coming weeks.

Irish Independent

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