Sunday 25 February 2018

Female patient 'terrified' after being molested by consultant, Medical Council hears

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

A WOMAN told how she was left "absolutely terrified" after she was allegedly kissed and molested by a hospital consultant.

Teri Chamberlain, a mother-of -three and a hospital patient, claimed an an anaesthetist kissed her, locked her into his residence and molested her.

Dr Hossam Desoky, originally from Egypt, who was working as a consultant anaesthetist at South Tipperary General Hospital on July 13, 2010, denies the allegations of sexual assault or molesting the patient.

The consultant faces 10 allegations of professional misconduct,or poor professional performance, before a Medical Council fitness to practice committee.

Ms Chamberlain, who was living in Cahir, Co Tipperary at the time and attending the hospital for a colonoscopy, said Dr Desoky invited her to his on call residence room for a stop smoking treatment.

She explained that she followed him to the room and he locked it behind her.She alleges he pulled her onto the bed and pushed his face onto her chest.

After she screamed, he unlocked the door, she said.

Ms Chamberlain said she was "really frightened" and didn't know what to do but then reported the alleged incident to staff.

Katie Dawson, barrister for the Medical Council, said Dr Desoky, in correspondence ahead of the hearing, had stated there was no physical contact in the residence and disputed the patient's record of events.

The inquiry heard the mater had been reported to gardai but the DPP had chosen not to proceed with the matter.

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