A WOMAN yesterday urged patients to find the courage to complain if they feel a doctor has acted inappropriately towards them.
Elaine McGrane (35), of Naas, Co Kildare, said she would encourage anyone who felt they had been mistreated to make their concerns public after she took a complaint to the Medical Council against a GP.
Earlier this week, the council's Fitness to Practise committee cleared the GP -- Dr Hashim Abdullah Mukhtar Eisa, of Basin Street Medical Centre, Naas, Co Kildare -- of all charges against him.
He had been accused of carrying out an inappropriate internal examination on Ms McGrane.
"Although the outcome was bad in a sense for me, I'd say come forward and go public," she said after the hearing.
The hearing was told that the medical centre did not have a policy of offering a chaperone to patients undergoing intimate examinations.
Irish College of General Practitioners spokesman Dr Mel Bates said yesterday that there were no binding rules for doctors about having chaperones, such as a practice nurse, for patients.
But he said doctors were advised to ensure the patient gave permission for the exam and was informed in advance about what was involved.