A gynaecologist who stood behind a patient and groped her breasts claimed it was how he had been taught to do an examination at medical school in India.
Dr Angamathu Arunkalaivanan put the woman through ‘three years of hell’ after he carried out a ‘sexually motivated’ examination during an appointment at a private hospital.
The married practitioner, who goes by the name of Dr Arun, denied he was at fault and insisted it was how he had been instructed to check breasts while training in Madras.
But the 49-year-old patient sought independent advice about whether the way she had been examined was inappropriate. After her suspicions were confirmed the woman, identified as patient A, contacted the police who referred the case to the General Medical Council.
Yesterday the Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal Service in Manchester found Dr Arun, 48, guilty of misconduct and suspended him for a year. The doctor, who has an NHS post as consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at Birmingham City Hospital, was also found to be at fault for failing to offer a chaperone or make a record of the breast check in the patient’s notes.
The panel was told how during the consultation in October 2010 at BMI The Edgbaston Hospital in Birmingham, Dr Arun asked the woman to lift up her top and bra, before cupping and squeezing her breasts with both hands from behind. Patient A told the hearing she still ‘beats herself up’ for allowing herself to be ‘sexually assaulted’.