herald

Wednesday 15 August 2018

Doctor is cleared of sex exam misconduct

A FAMILY doctor has been cleared of charges of improper sexual conduct with a patient, professional misconduct and poor professional treatment.

The charges were brought against Dr Hashim Abdullah Muktar Eisa after a complaint by 35-year-old Elaine McGrane of Nass, Co Kildare.

She complained that the GP had carried out an inappropriate internal examination and asked her intimate questions about her sexual relations with her husband.

In particular, he asked her if she became aroused during sex, whether she achieved orgasm through clitoral stimulation or penetration and whether she and her husband engaged in foreplay, a Medical Council Fitness to Practise committee heard.



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The mother-of-one first went to Dr Hashim at the Basin Street Medical Centre in February 2009 because she was anxious to have a baby.

She had already had one miscarriage and a second miscarriage in April 2009.

Dr Hashim initially carried out hormone tests and on September 9 of that year prescribed the fertility drug Clomid. Ms McGrane returned for a review visit on September 29.

Dr Hashim told the hearing that he always left the door of his surgery ajar. He said on that date he had checked Ms McGrane's blood pressure, eyes, mouth and chest and conducted a visual inspection of her breasts.

He denied carrying out any internal examination or asking her any intimate questions.

He also denied a further allegation that he had squeezed and cupped her breasts in an inappropriate manner.

Under cross examination, he insisted that his "line of management" was perfect. He said he had first heard of the complaint in a letter he received in February 2010.

Eoin McCullough for the Medical Council questioned why Ms McGrane would make up "such a story" and said there was no reason why she "would be doing anything other than telling the truth". Legal advisor to the committee Kevin Cross said the standard of proof was "beyond all reasonable doubt".

After 40 minutes deliberation the committee found that all allegations against Dr Hashim were "not proven as to fact".

csheehy@herald.ie

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