Sunderland doctor denies wrongful sex exam claims

Sarfaraz Malik
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A HOSPITAL doctor has denied sexually motivated conduct towards a teenage patient after performing an intimate examination without a chaperone.

Dr Sarfaraz Malik allegedly performed an unnecessary internal examination without asking for consent from his 18-year-old patient at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

The woman, known as ‘Patient A’ claims the medic pulled down her jeans and knickers and performed the procedure without explaining why after her friend left the room.

The terrified young woman stared at the treatment room wall while Dr Malik prodded her and then broke down in tears to a friend, the tribunal has heard.

An investigation was launched in 2010 after a senior doctor found the patient had a gastric complaint, which required no gynaecological procedure, it is claimed.

Dr Malik is facing misconduct charges at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester, where he denies his conduct was sexually motivated.

He yesterday told the panel he knows he should have engaged a chaperone, but didn’t because he felt unwelcome at the hospital after he was forced to change shifts.

He said: “My focus was more that this is something I have not seen before, something I could show to myself and my colleagues that I didn’t miss it.”

Dr Malik explained that he wanted to quickly eliminate the possibility of a pelvic infection in his patient, but admitted it was the first vaginal examination he had performed since medical school in 2002.

Asked if his actions were in any way sexually motivated he said: “Absolutely not”.

He told the panel he did take an adequate history from Patient A and denies removing her clothing himself.

He said: “I would have explained why I was doing the examination.

“I would have told her not only before, but afterwards what the result would be.

“I did that, it’s common practice,” he said.

‘As much as I could do at my level I thought I did give good clinical care to the patient.’

The teenager attended the accident and emergency department of Sunderland Royal Hospital in 2010 with a group of friends.

She was first seen by a staff nurse who made routine observations and took blood tests before leaving Patient A dressed in a hospital gown, wearing underwear and jeans underneath, it was said.

Patient A was in a treatment room with one of her friends when Dr Malik attended, the hearing was told.

During an internal investigation in December, 2010 Dr Malik admitted he had undertaken a vaginal examination without a chaperone, but said he did it because he was under time pressures.

He was reported to the GMC during the course of the investigation and the watchdog later identified a number of concerns over his actions.

The GMC allege he did not provide good care to the patient by failing to take an adequate history, performing an internal examination that was not indicated, failing to explain why it was carried out, failing to provide a chaperone and removing her clothing.

It is also claimed that the FY2 doctor did not have enough experience to carry out the procedure and that he should have consulted a senior colleague.

The GMC say that Dr Malik’s actions in removing Patient A’s clothes and performing the examination without a chaperone present were ‘sexually motivated’.

The hearing continues.