Indian-origin doctor held guilty of misconduct
London, Aug 13, 2010:
An Indian-origin doctor in Britain, who fondled the breasts of six patients, has been held guilty of serious professional misconduct.
Daily Mail Friday reported that Parag Bhatt, a 46-year-old doctor, groped his patients over a five-month period in 2007 while working as a GP in Rotherham.
One of his victims was a 16-year-old girl while another woman had only gone to see him with a broken finger.
A disciplinary panel concluded that Bhatt was guilty of serious professional misconduct.
"We have found your actions to be sexually motivated in relation to four patients, and not clinically indicated and inappropriate in relation to five patients. You failed to provide adequate explanations to all six of the patients in this case.
"Your conduct was a serious departure from the standards expected of a registered medical practitioner in a number of important areas. Most seriously, your sexually motivated examinations were a gross abuse of your patients and the trust they placed in you," said the panel.
The disciplinary panel found that Bhatt was sexually motivated and in all but one case had no clinical need to examine the women's chests.
Bhatt, who was cleared by a jury following a criminal trial in 2009, attacked his patients between January and September 2007.