Friday 23 February 2018

Face of doctor accused of mistakenly telling married woman she had STI

Dr Iman Ekky pictured leaving a Medical Council inquiry
Dr Iman Ekky pictured leaving a Medical Council inquiry
A fitness to practise inquiry in to Dr Ekky’s treatment of the woman, has heard that when confronted with this by the patient’s husband, Dr Ekky had no substantive response.

This is the doctor who is accused of mistakenly telling a married monogamous woman she had the sexually transmitted infection herpes.

A Medical Council inquiry heard how the married woman, who had been in a monogamous relationship for 18 years, was told by  Dr Iman Ekky that she had the sexually transmitted infection herpes

Despite the 36-year-old woman’s protests that this was not possible, the inquiry has heard that Dr Iman Ekky insisted that the disease had been dormant.

Upon seeking a second opinion two days later, the woman found out she did not have herpes but instead was suffering from a blocked gland, known as a Bartholin’s cyst.

A fitness to practise inquiry in to Dr Ekky’s treatment of the woman, has heard that when confronted with this by the patient’s husband, Dr Ekky had no substantive response.

Dr Ekky, who works at the Drumcondra Clinic in Dublin, faces seven allegations of poor professional practice in relation to her treatment of the woman, who at the direction of the Medical Council can only be identified as Patient A.

These include that she diagnosed patient A with herpes when there was no clinical evidence of the disease and that she caused undue distress to patient A and her husband.

Dr Ekky denies the allegations against her but has offered to give an undertaking not to repeat the behaviour complained of and to undertake a series of training courses on sexual and women’s health.

A lawyer representing Dr Ekky has also told Patient A that her client acknowledged that she caused distress to her and apologised for this.

Patient A told the inquiry that upon being told by Dr Ekky of her diagnosis, on April 25 2012, she was completely shocked and questioned how it could be the case.

Patient A said she told Dr Ekky that she had been in a monogamous relationship with her husband for 18 years but that Dr Ekky told her the disease had been dormant.

By Kevin Keane

Irish Independent

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