Saturday 24 February 2018

Expert witness says it is ‘never appropriate’ to allow patient into doctor’s bedroom

Teri Chamberlain:mother-of-three claims she was sexually assaulted by Dr Hossam Desoky
Teri Chamberlain:mother-of-three claims she was sexually assaulted by Dr Hossam Desoky
Dr Hossam Desoky, from Egypt, faces 10 allegations of professional misconduct

By Kevin Keane

AN expert witness has told a medical council inquiry into allegations a doctor molested a woman in his on-call residence room that it is never appropriate to allow a patient enter a bedroom.

Dr Hossam Desoky, a consultant anaesthetist at South Tipperary General Hospital, faces 10 allegations of professional misconduct, or poor professional performance.

These include that he kissed his patient, called her on her mobile phone, invited or allowed her into his private on-call residence room, locked the door and sexually assaulted or molested her in this room.

The patient, Mrs Teri Chamberlain told the fitness to practise inquiry yesterday that she was left “terrified, absolutely terrified” after the encounter and “didn’t know what to do”.

Dr Hossam Desoky, who is originally from Egypt, denies the allegations of sexual assault or molestation. He admits allowing Mrs Chamberlain into his on-call residence, but denies locking the door and preventing her from leaving.

This morning, a expert witness called on behalf of the CEO of the Medical Council, told the inquiry that it is never appropriate to allow a patient enter a bedroom.

Dr Anna Maria Rollin, the Professional Standards Advisor to the Royal College of Anaesthetists in the UK added that in her opinion this amounts to Professional Misconduct.

Dr Desoky’s legal team have stated that their client kissed Mrs Chamberlain platonically, as one would do to a family friend.

Dr Rollin told the hearing that kissing a patient crosses the patient – doctor boundary.

“The reality of the situation is that Mrs Chamberlain was not a family friend, she was a patient, kissing patients is not part of the doctor patient relationship. It crossed the boundary because it makes the relationship hard to maintain,” Dr Rollin said.

The inquiry has already heard that the matter had been reported to gardai but the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had decided against proceeding.

Dr Desoky is expected to give evidence when the hearing continues today.

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