Pakistani doctor faces being struck off after groping patient's breasts
A PAKISTANI doctor who moved to the UK with his wife to further his medical career faces being struck off after he was found guilty of groping a patient's breasts whilst working at a hospital A&E unit.
Syed Bukhari faces being struck off after he was found guilty of groping a patient's breasts
Syed Bukhari, 35, molested the 28-year old woman twice in two days whilst she was being treated for chest pains and palpitations when he deliberately "targeted" her whilst doing his rounds.
The unnamed woman was left embarrassed and distressed after Bukhari fondled and cupped her breasts in his hands in a 90 second "massages" then touched her legs and placed his hand beneath her underwear whilst asking her whether was in pain.
The doctor also gave her his yahoo email address, tried to send her an email, asked where she lived and whether was taking contraception and told her: "We'll be friends forever."
The patient later made a complaint and said: "I felt very uncomfortable and nervous.
"I spoke to a nurse and asked her if the doctor coming to see me was a nice doctor because I felt uncomfortable with the previous one. I was quite tearful and upset.
"You just put your trust in a doctor, I assumed he was doing what he had to do.
"After he left I said to the other girls in the ward that I was really uncomfortable and he was in my pants and everything and they said 'that's not right'."
Bukhari - who arrived in Britain with his college student wife in 2010 - was initially reported to police but after he was cleared of wrongdoing at a criminal he was ordered to face a misconduct tribunal by the General Medical Council.
At the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester he was found guilty of all charges and now faces being struck off.
The hearing was told the loss of his medical career would mean he now could be deported back to his native Pakistan by the Home Office.
The incidents occurred in July 2013 when the woman known as Patient A had been admitted to the A&E unit at Wishaw General Hospital in Craigneuk, North Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Expert witness Dr Michael Fertleman told the hearing: "I can see no reason for such a physical examination to have taken place and I am not aware of any recognised physical examination which would involve massaging the breasts in a circular manner and moving towards the nipples in a circular manner as described by Patient A."
Following the allegation, Bukhari, from Inverness was suspended by the hospital but he got a job at another health trust in Scotland after wrongly saying the sexual assault allegations had been "completely resolved."
During the hearing he denied wrongdoing and insisted that in his native Pakistan it was common practice for doctors to hand over email addresses to patients and he said he asked where she lived as "normal chit chat".
He also said he felt no sexual attraction to the woman.
But panel chairman Paul Curtis said: "The Tribunal does not accept you had 'randomly selected' her file.
"The Tribunal considers it more likely that you saw her on the ward and then you deliberately selected her file and decided to review her of your own accord.
"You had undertaken inappropriate examinations of Patient A over the course of two days and these were sexually motivated and you attempted to pursue a sexual relationship with Patient A by asking for her email address.
"Such conduct by one of the profession's members can erode public confidence in the medical profession as a whole."
A decision on whether to strike off Dr Bukhari from the medical register will be taken later.