A WOMAN has alleged she was locked into a room, kissed and molested by a consultant while she was an in-patient in hospital.
Mum-of-three Teri Chamberlain claimed a consultant anaesthetist at South Tipperary General Hospital invited her to his on-call residence room for treatment to stop smoking before sexually assaulting her on July 13, 2010.
Dr Hossam Desoky, originally from Egypt, who was working as a consultant anaesthetist at the hospital on that date, has denied the allegations.
He faces 10 allegations of professional misconduct, or poor professional performance, before a Medical Council fitness to practise committee.
These include kissing the patient, calling her on her mobile, inviting or allowing her into his private on-call residence room, locking the door and sexually assaulting or molesting her in the room.
Ms Chamberlain, who was living in Cahir, Co Tipperary, at the time and attending the hospital for a colonoscopy, said she had "trusted" the consultant and had been left afraid to enter a hospital.
The patient, who said she has a rare bone disease, said she was left "terrified, absolutely terrified" after the encounter and "didn't know what to do".
"I couldn't sleep, eat," she stated, adding she was left "afraid" to go out.
"I lost three stone of weight."
Counsel for Dr Desoky, Jack Hickey, told the inquiry the doctor denies in their entirety the allegations of sexual assault or molestation. He admits allowing her into his on-call residence, but denies locking the door and preventing her from leaving. In correspondence ahead of the two-day hearing, Dr Desoky stated there was no physical contact in the residence and disputed the patient's record of events.
It was pointed out to the inquiry that the matter had been reported to gardai but the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had decided against proceeding with the matter.
Ms Chamberlain told the inquiry Dr Desoky came to her bedside, pulled the curtain around, kept grabbing her hand and kissed her on a cheek.
Her visitors arrived, her separated husband and her daughter, and the consultant left. She explained what happened and they suggested maybe it was due to "his culture".
Ms Chamberlain said she later received a call from the doctor on her mobile, asking if the visitors had gone as he wanted to check her chest for the anaesthetic. She said the doctor explained he had gotten her mobile number from her chart.
During the consultation, she said he then invited her to his on-call residence room – which the hospital heard was private – for a treatment to stop her smoking habit. After following him to the room, she stated he locked it behind them. He allegedly grabbed her, pulled her on to the bed and pushed his face onto her chest.
She said she tried to pacify him. He kissed her and she screamed stop and he unlocked the door. CCTV footage from a lift showed both Ms Chamberlain and Dr Desoky travelling from the first floor to the second floor where his on-call residence was located.
After reaching the floor, Ms Chamberlain said the doctor told her to wait there and hold the lift while he fetched his coat, but she said he then told her to follow him to the room.
However, his legal counsel said the doctor would state he told the patient to wait in the lift rather than enter his room.
The inquiry continues.