Doc­tor fon­dled pa­tient’s breasts and told her: We will be friends for­ever

Watch­dogs slam medic’s preda­tory be­hav­iour

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A DOC­TOR who groped a pa­tient’s breasts and gave her his email ad­dress so they could stay in touch has been struck off.

Dr Syed Bukhari mo­lested the 28-year-old woman twice in two days.

She was be­ing treated for chest pains and pal­pi­ta­tions when the 35-year-old tar­geted her while on his rounds.

The pa­tient was left em­bar­rassed and dis­tressed by the in­ci­dents at Wishaw Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal in La­nark­shire.

She said: “I felt very un­com­fort­able and ner­vous. I was quite tear­ful and up­set. You put your trust in a doc­tor.”

Bukhari, who ar­rived in Bri­tain from Pak­istan with his stu­dent wife in 2010, was re­ported to po­lice but the charges against him were found not proven af­ter a trial at Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court in 2015.

How­ever, the Med­i­cal Prac­ti­tion­ers Tri­bunal Ser­vice in Manch­ester found him guilty of the charges in June and at a fur­ther hear­ing this week he was struck off the med­i­cal regis­ter.

The in­ci­dents oc­curred in July 2013 when the woman, known as Pa­tient A, was ad­mit­ted to A&E.

She was in bed wear­ing py­ja­mas when Bukhari – who had been a doc­tor at the hos­pi­tal for 14 months – shut the cur­tains to ex­am­ine her.

Pa­tient A said: “Dr Bukhari asked me to sit back then pro­ceeded to lift up my py­jama top ex­pos­ing my breasts.

“He then moved his hands from the cen­tre of my chest and pro­ceeded to cup both my breasts with his hands and moved his hands in a cir­cu­lar mo­tion.

“It felt as though Dr Bukhari was mas­sag­ing them. He then pulled the blan­ket back, which had been cov­er­ing my bot­tom half, and placed his hands on my shins and un­der­neath my calves and asked me whether it was sore here.

“I in­formed him that there was no pain in my legs. He moved both his hands up my legs again, ask­ing whether there was any pain.

“Dr Bukhari moved his hands to the top of my thighs, in­side my py­jama shorts.”

She said he vis­ited her again the same day and gave her his email ad­dress so she “could keep in con­tact with him”. The next day the woman was wait­ing to see a heart spe­cial­ist when Bukhari ar­rived, asked her why she had not been dis­charged and closed the cur­tain around her bed again. She said he again cupped her breasts and asked for her email, say­ing: “We’ll be friends for­ever.” Bukhari, from In­ver­ness, was sus­pended but later got a job with NHS High­land af­ter wrongly claim­ing the al­le­ga­tions had been re­solved.

MPTS panel chair­man Paul Cur­tis said strik­ing Bukhari off the med­i­cal regis­ter was the only ap­pro­pri­ate sanc­tion.

He said: “Fol­low­ing the first in­ci­dent of in­ap­pro­pri­ate touch­ing, you then sought Pa­tient A out the fol­low­ing day, aware that she had not made any com­plaint about your be­hav­iour the pre­vi­ous day, which made her more vul­ner­a­ble.

“This dis­plays preda­tory be­hav­iour on your part and con­sid­er­ably in­creases the se­ri­ous­ness of your ac­tions.”

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