He struck while they were out cold, hear­ing told

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By NEIL GOOD­WIN

A DOC­TOR leered at naked pa­tients and fon­dled their breasts as they lay out cold in hospi­tal whilst un­der anaes­thetic, a med­i­cal tri­bunal was told.

Dr Stephen Gra­ham, 54, is said to have cupped the breasts of one se­dated woman with his hands dur­ing surgery, then made a ‘cleav­age gesture’ to nurs­ing col­leagues say­ing it was his ‘Won­der­bra tech­nique’.


Con­sul­tant anaes­thetist Dr Gra­ham is al­leged to have touched three women in­ap­pro­pri­ately whilst work­ing at the James Cook Univer­sity Hospi­tal in Mid­dles­brough.

The doc­tor is fur­ther said to have stared ‘in­ap­pro­pri­ately’ at two other fe­male pa­tients un­der­go­ing an in­ti­mate treat­ment, telling a nurse not to re­quest an­other fe­male staff mem­ber to help.

A Gen­eral Med­i­cal Coun­cil hear­ing was told the doc­tor moved one pa­tient’s legs and shone a light on her pri­vate parts for no ap­par­ent rea­son.

On an­other oc­ca­sion he held a pa­tient’s breasts as he lis­tened to her heart­beat with a stetho­scope.

Dr Gra­ham faces mis­con­duct charges af­ter nurses made com­plaints against him fol­low­ing al­leged in­ci­dents in­volv­ing seven pa­tients dat­ing back to March 2006.

Coun­sel for GMC, Ber­nadette Bax­ter, said one se­dated young woman was stared at in­ap­pro­pri­ately as she was be­ing pre­pared for theatre.

Ms Bax­ter added: “He moved to­wards the pa­tient’s legs then got the ex­am­i­na­tion lamp to il­lu­mi­nate the pa­tients pu­bic area.”

A nurse Deb­o­rah Troy was said to be sur­prised and asked the doc­tor what he was do­ing but he didn’t respond.

Ms Bax­ter con­tin­ued: “Dr Gra­ham ef­fec­tively stared at the pa­tient’s naked vagi­nal area.

Dr Gra­ham de­nies mis­con­duct. The hear­ing con­tin­ues.

DE­NIAL: Doc­tor Gra­ham ‘ogled pri­vate parts’

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