Physio gets struck off over grop­ing al­le­ga­tions

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By SO­PHIE HALLE-RICHARDS news­desk@men-news.co.uk @MENnews­desk

A PHYS­IO­THER­A­PIST who al­legedly groped a fe­male pa­tient as he treated her for whiplash has been struck off.

Mo­hamed Abouel­r­ish al­legedly asked the woman if she had a boyfriend and told her she was beau­ti­ful, be­fore fondling her as she lay on the treat­ment bed.

It was claimed that whilst work­ing as an as­sis­tant at the ‘Phys­iobeats’ cen­tre in Stock­port, Mr Abouel­r­ish would com­pli­ment the woman and touch her in ways which had no med­i­cal rel­e­vance.

A Health and Care Pro­fes­sion­als Tri­bunal heard that Mr Abouel­r­ish treated the woman twice in 2016 for whiplash, af­ter she was in­volved in a car ac­ci­dent.

Dur­ing her first visit, in Fe­bru­ary 2016, he al­legedly brushed his hand over her bra and stroked her bot­tom as she lay face down on the treat­ment bed.

He then asked the woman if he had a “six pack,” be­fore tak­ing her hand, plac­ing it against his stom­ach and telling her he had a “1 pack,” the tri­bunal heard.

Mr Abouel­r­ish treated the woman again in March 2016 when he again told her she was a “beau­ti­ful girl.”

Dur­ing that visit, he of­fered bars of choco­late and urged her to take them with her as she left.

The woman told the tri­bunal that Mr Abouel­r­ish re­peat­edly asked her to ‘high five,’ and as he did so, would hold her hand and swing it.

Whilst she lay face down on the treat­ment bed, he pulled up her jumper and fon­dled her, cup­ping her breasts for a ‘cou­ple of sec­onds,’ the woman claimed.

He then al­legedly rubbed her back and ran his hands down the side of her bra.

The woman said she had not ob­jected at the time be­cause she felt in­tim­i­dated by the physio, who had locked the clinic’s front door.

She said she feared his be­hav­iour might es­ca­late.

Fol­low­ing the sec­ond ap­point­ment, the woman made a for­mal com­plaint about his be­hav­iour, and Mr Abouel­r­ish was in­ter­viewed by of­fi­cers from GMP.

The al­le­ga­tion was taken no fur­ther af­ter it emerged that Mr Abouel­r­ish was no longer liv­ing in the UK.

He failed to at­tend the tri­bunal in Lon­don, but the hear­ing went ahead in his ab­sence.

The Health and Care Pro­fes­sion­als Tri­bunal con­cluded that his con­duct amounted to an on­go­ing risk to pub­lic safety.

He has sub­se­quently been struck off from the Health and Care Pro­fes­sion­als reg­is­ter.

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