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'Doctor should never have had mum-of-3 in bedroom'

IT is never appropriate for a doctor to allow a patient enter his residential area within a hospital, a medical council inquiry has been told.

An expert witness has told an investigation into allegations a doctor molested a woman in his on-call residence room that there is no reason for a patient be in the residence.

Dr Hossam Desoky (47), a consultant anaesthetist at South Tipperary General Hospital, faces 10 allegations of professional misconduct, or poor professional performance.

These include that he kissed his patient, called her on her mobile phone, invited or allowed her into his private on-call residence room, locked the door and sexually assaulted or molested her in this room.

The patient, Teri Chamberlain, has told the fitness to practise inquiry that she was left "terrified, absolutely terrified" after the encounter.

Dr Hossam Desoky, who is originally from Egypt, denies the allegations of sexual assault or molestation.

Residence

He admits allowing the mother-of-three into his on-call residence, but denies locking the door and preventing her from leaving.

Yesterday, a expert witness called on behalf of the CEO of the Medical Council, told the inquiry that it is never appropriate to allow a patient enter a bedroom.

Dr Anna Maria Rollin, the professional standards advisor to the Royal College of Anaesthetists in the UK, added that in her opinion this amounts to professional misconduct.

Dr Rollin told Jack Hickey for Dr Desoky she believed it was never appropriate for a patient to be in a doctor's hospital residence which she described as "effectively a bedroom".

Dr Desoky's legal team have stated that their client kissed Mrs Chamberlain platonically, as one would do to a family friend. Dr Rollin told the hearing that kissing a patient crosses the patient-doctor boundary.

The committee adjourned its decision to March 15.

kdoyle@herald.ie


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