‘Emmerdale’ disagreement leads to sexual assault at Daisy Hill Hospital
A medical panel has this week stated that a doctor who sexually assaulted a nurse because he did not want to watch an ITV soap, had shown a “woeful lack of insight” into his actions.
The Daisy Hill based doctor had allegedly squeezed the nurse’s left breast with both hands after she took the television remote control from him to switch over to Emmerdale on UTV in October 2001. The doctor then allegedly proceeded to stamp on her bag of crisps and throw a hot cup of coffer over her, before pushing the television from the stand it was placed upon. The doctor then reportedly declared, “If I cannot watch the television, then neither can you.”
The nursed described the doctor’s reaction in a statement, saying that he had “freaked out”. The General Medical Council also found the doctor guilty of two further sexually motivated incidents towards two nurses based at Wishaw General Hospital in Scotland. The doctor has denied the allegations.
A ‘Fitness to Practice’ panel, part of the General Medical Council, described the behaviour as predatory, “The panel has found proof that your actions towards three junior members of staff, in a period spanning 10 years, demonstrated a pattern of pre-meditated and predatory behaviour.”
The doctor, who in 2009 was dismissed on the grounds of gross misconduct, said that he had learned from his mistakes and would not repeat his actions or bring the profession into disrepute in the future. The panel however, displayed a lack of confidence in the doctor. “The panel has concluded that you have not remedied your misconduct and it does not have confidence that you will not repeat such actions in the future.”
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