Wednesday 25 April 2018

Doctor guilty of misconduct over calls and texts to patient

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

A DOCTOR who phoned and sent text messages to a female patient in a bid to set her up with a friend, has been found guilty of professional misconduct "at the lower end of the spectrum".

Sudanese national Dr Eltayeb Elkhabir (40), with a registered address of Kilminchey, Portlaoise, Co Laois, appeared before a Medical Council fitness to practise inquiry last month. After the ruling, he will remain on the medical register -- but he must adhere to a number of conditions.

He must be mentored by a senior doctor for two years in order to deepen his insight into the doctor-patient relationship so that he recognises the professional boundaries he must keep.

During the hearing, Dr Elkhabir -- a father of three -- was accused of being "over friendly" to patient Sinead Doyle of Walkinstown, Dublin, when she was referred to him at the Hermitage Clinic in Dublin in May of last year. The inquiry was told he phoned her in June and said she should stay off alcohol forever. He also said he had a friend who he would like her to meet.

He later told the council that he "tried to help my friend and Ms Doyle to meet as a good couple, as I mentioned this is a very normal step for my religion and my culture".

The findings of the fitness to practise committee said the doctor's behaviour toward Ms Doyle was unwelcome, inappropriate and distressing and reflected naivety and poor judgment.

However, the committee was "not of the view Dr Elkhabir's motivation was cynical".

Irish Independent

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