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Sex-grope doctor agrees to quit medical register

A DOCTOR who touched a female patient for his own sexual gratification has promised to withdraw his licence to practise in Ireland and never apply for it again.

UK-based Dr Rashid Motala (58), who qualified from the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin in 1984, was found guilty last year by a Medical Council Fitness to Practise Committee of professional misconduct in relation to three patients.

The committee held that the South Africa-born doctor had removed a woman patient's trousers without seeking any or adequate consent to do so and he then rubbed her groin, side and bottom.

The incident in November 2007 was for his own sexual gratification, the committee found. It was also held that, in January 2008, he required the daughter of a sick woman to give her mother an injection in circumstances where she had no medical training to do so.

He also left a container of diluted diamorphine, a controlled drug, on a window-sill in the same patient's house.

He was also found guilty of offering to carry out an uninvited vaginal or rectal examination of a patient, in May 2008, and of providing the same patient with his email address.

He denied the patients' claims. The incidents occurred while he was working in the UK, and an inquiry there recommended an 18-month suspension. A separate hearing had to be held to cover the doctor's registration in Ireland.

That hearing took place over five days last June, and in December the Irish Medical Council recommended his registration be cancelled.

Yesterday, the council asked the High Court to confirm that cancellation recommendation.

PJ McDowell, solicitor for the Medical Council, told the court that it had been agreed between the parties that the court would not confirm the cancellation.

But the doctor will immediately withdraw from the register and never apply for re-registration in this jurisdiction again. There was also no order as to costs which means both sides pay their own.

The judge said that this was a sensible and equitable solution.

Irish Independent