Sunderland doctor accused of wrongful sex exam on female patient

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A SUNDERLAND doctor is accused of carrying out a “sexually motivated” examination on his female patient.

Dr Sarfaraz Ahmed Malik will appear before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service today to face a number of allegations of misconduct while working in the city.

The doctor, who worked at Sunderland Royal Hospital between August 2010 and May 2011, will face the fitness to practise panel regarding complaints over the examination of the patient, known only as “Female A”.

It is alleged that while treating the woman, he failed to take an adequate history, performed an internal vaginal examination which was not clinically indicated and failed to engage a chaperone.

Dr Malik is also accused of failing to consult with a senior medical colleague over the woman’s treatment.

It is alleged that some of Dr Malik’s actions in relation to the patient’s treatment were of a sexually motivated nature.

The hearing, which is being held in Manchester, was due to begin today and expected to last until Friday, November 8.

According to the General Medical Council, there are no current restrictions on Dr Malik’s registration, although the Echo understands he is no longer working at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

After hearing all the evidence, the panel will announce their findings and any decision on whether Dr Malik’s fitness to practise is impaired. If necessary, they will then announce what sanction is to be imposed, if any.