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Doctor got pleasure from inflicting pain on woman, hearing told

AN IRISH-trained doctor has been accused of offering "unwarranted" genital examinations to one patient and "sadistically" inflicting pain on another.

Dr Rashid Motala (57), who qualified from the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin in 1984, was suspended for 12 months from the medical register in Britain last year but can still practise in Ireland owing to a Supreme Court decision that British General Medical Council (GMC) findings cannot be relied on here.

Therefore, it is necessary for the Irish Medical Council (IMC) to conduct a second professional misconduct hearing into the allegations against Dr Motala.

Yesterday, on the first day of a five-day IMC hearing, Louise Thomas, from Britain, said her nipples had been "squeezed viciously" by Dr Motala during a breast examination in October 2008.

Ms Thomas, the personal assistant of a CEO in the international Visa corporation, alleged Dr Motala did this for "personal gratification".

She claimed she was told, in such a way that she could not refuse, to have a breast examination -- even though she did not want one.

She was not offered a dressing gown or a chaperone during the visit and she was asked to strip down and conduct an interview in her underwear, she claimed.

He conducted a breast examination on her that left her sore for a number of weeks, Ms Thomas said.

"He got pleasure out of hurting me," she said adding that the treatment was "sadistic".

Ms Thomas said that she could no longer face having her breasts examined.

Dr Motala was working for MedicAlliance Healthcare, which was contracted to do medical screening for Visa at its office in London, England at the time.

JP McDowell, lawyer for the IMC, refused to comment on whether Dr Motala was currently practising in Ireland.


Gabriel Gavigan, counsel for Dr Motala, denied claims that there was no dressing gown in the room and that he received pleasure from hurting Ms Thomas.

And he denied that Dr Motala had purposely made Ms Thomas feel she had to have a breast examination.

The allegation was one of seven that were made against the doctor.

He is alleged to have offered "unwarranted" genital examinations to a patient.

He is further alleged to have received "sexual gratification" from an examination whereby he took off a patient's trousers and touched her groin.

He denies the charges.

He was also accused of forcing a daughter to give her sick mother an anti-vomiting injection in January 2008 and leaving powerful painkillers and needles in the woman's house for her to use.

Mr Gavigan said that Dr Motala admitted what he did was wrong, but said that the painkillers were left for a nurse to use.

The case followed a separate fitness-to-practise hearing into the same issues by the GMC in Britain in November last year.

He was suspended for the maximum period of 12 months following the hearing.

The inquiry continues today.

Irish Independent