Physio gets struck off over groping allegations
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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