Psy­chi­a­trist loses li­cence for ‘hav­ing sex with pa­tient’

Cape Argus - - NEWS - Staff Writer

A CAPE Town psy­chi­a­trist has been struck off the roll of the Health Pro­fes­sions Coun­cil of South Africa (HPCSA) af­ter he al­legedly had sex with a pa­tient.

The coun­cil has con­firmed that Dr Muhammed Ashraf Jedaar – who had a pri­vate prac­tice in Wyn­berg – had since stopped practising and had been re­moved from the reg­is­ter a year ago af­ter he was found guilty of “un­pro­fes­sional con­duct of a dis­grace­ful na­ture”.

Jedaar, who was reg­is­tered with the Med­i­cal and Den­tal Board is, how­ever, ap­peal­ing his con­vic­tion.

HPCSA re­fused to pro­vide fur­ther de­tails on his case, say­ing the mat­ter was sub ju­dice. It is un­der­stood two cases have been opened with the po­lice fol­low­ing the coun­cil’s guilty ver­dict.

How­ever, po­lice spokesman Cap­tain FC van Wyk said they had no record of any cases against Jedaar.

Priscilla Sekho­nyana, the spokes­woman for the HPCSA, con­firmed that Jedaar was struck off the doc­tor’s reg­is­ter for hav­ing “sex­ual in­ter­course with his pa­tient, and en­gag­ing in an un­ac­cept­able re­la­tion­ship with his vul­ner­a­ble pa­tient”.

He was struck off the roll per­ma­nently. How­ever, Sekho­nyana said: “The prac­ti­tioner has re­quested for an ap­peal. How­ever, the date has not yet been set.”

The ap­peal was likely to be heard early next year, af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with Jedaar’s le­gal team, she said.

Jed­dar told the Cape Ar­gus that his de­fence had “in­ad­e­quately pre­pared” for the case. “I ap­pealed within 21 days of the guilty find­ing, but up un­til to­day I’m wait­ing for a date for the mat­ter to be heard by the Ap­peals Com­mit­tee. Un­til then, I’m lim­ited on what I can say about the case.”

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