Sunday 19 November 2017

Doctor who kissed patient guilty of professional misconduct

Kevin Keane

A doctor who admitted kissing one of his patients while she was being kept in hospital overnight has been found guilty of professional misconduct.

Dr Hossam Desoky called Ms Terry Chamberlain on her mobile phone, invited her in to his private on call room under the pretence of helping her stop her smoking and kissed her while he was on night duty at South Tipperary General Hospital the on July 13, 2010.

A Medical Council fitness to practise committee has been him found guilty of a total of two charges of professional misconduct in relation to kissing Ms Chamberlain and inviting or allowing her in to his on-call residence.

During the hearing Dr Desoky insisted the kiss was similar to that which would be given to a family member.

However a medical expert told the inquiry that a doctor kissing a patient was entirely inappropriate.

He has also been found guilty of two charges of poor professional performance for calling Ms Chamberlain on her mobile phone when he ought to have known it was inappropriate and for failing to record the details of a chest examination he carried out on Mrs Chamberlain.

Dr Desoky, who has now returned to his native Egypt, was found not guilty of allegations that he sexually assaulted or molested Mrs Chamberlain, and locked the door and refused to allow her leave his on-call residence.

Mrs Chamberlain made a complaint against Dr Desoky to the Gardai immediately after the incident however the DPP decided not to prosecute the matter.

The fitness to practice committee’s decision will now be forwarded to the board of the Medical Council which will decide what sanction, if any should be imposed on Dr Desoky.

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