An eminent neurosurgeon sexually assaulted 10 female patients and tried to cover his tracks by failing to complete medical records, a court has heard today. Nafees Hamid from Birmingham performed “entirely inappropriate intimate examinations on female patients and Birmingham Crown Court was told today that Hamid removed patients’ clothing himself and made inappropriate sexual remarks during the alleged assaults.
Trust forms a vital part of the integral professional relationship between doctors and patients and when that trust is broken, as in the case here of Nafees Hamid, the results can leave patients feeling physically and emotionally abused.
Each year, a handful of doctors are reported and charged by the police with physical, sexual or indecent assault. Similarly, the regulatory bodies (e.g. General Medical Council (GMC), Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC)) will investigate fitness to practice due to sexually motivated conduct towards patients. Patients have the right to openly discuss personal and private issues with their doctor or nurse without feeling at risk of unwarranted or unreciprocated sexual advances. The GMC guidance states that patients should be offered a chaperone for intimate examinations and patients are entitled to request one. This is to protect both the medical professional and the patient, and ensure respect and boundaries are upheld at all times.
Ally Taft, Senior Associate at the Medical Accident Group has over 13 years experience where she has successfully won life-changing settlements for her clients in civil claims against doctors and hospitals. Her expertise includes cases involving sexual assaults by members of the medical profession and she was involved in two group actions leading to the Avonside Review and a Serious Critical Incident Report at St Helens Primary Care Trust. She is thoroughly passionate about her work and getting justice for those whose lives have been devastated by sexual misconduct along with considerable experience in dealing with these types of claims.
Thankfully, these types of claims are rare, but when they occur, victims can be left feeling helpless and scared to speak up. It can be difficult coming to terms with abuse by a professional, but we have a wide range of expertise in this area and we can help.
Ally is happy to provide confidential, free and no-obligation advice to anyone who has experienced sexual misconduct by medical professionals. Call our Birmingham office today on 0121 454 0739 or email her via [email protected].