Last week two articles have hit the media regarding NHS staff and sexual assaults.
Sadly, this is not the first time we have discussed abuse in the medical sector, specifically NHS workers and this is unlikely to be the last.
In the last year we have previously discussed on our HJ Talks About Abuse podcast:
- GP Manish Shah was convicted of committing 90 assaults against 24 female patients whom he persuaded to undergo unnecessary intimate examinations for his own gratification
- Porter Paul Farrell from Great Ormond Street who was accused of 84 sex offences
- Cambridge paramedic Andrew Wheeler was found guilty of rape of two women and sexual assault of a minor. 18 offences were committed between 2002 and 2018.
- NHS Gynaecologist Dr Jomo Mathurine was struck off after secretly filming himself having sex with unsuspecting women
- David Fuller who was a hospital morgue worker who sexually abused at least 102 corpses
Paul Grayson, a Sheffield nurse has this week pleaded guilty to a further number of sexual offences, having previously pleaded guilty to 17 offences. This included sexual assault, voyeurism and taking indecent images. Many of the offences took place at the Day Care Theatre Unit at Sheffield Royal Hallamshire Hospital between 2017 and 2020. He will be sentenced on May 9th at Sheffield Crown Court.
Dr Raid Haris was this week handed a 9 month suspension. He was found to have examined genitals and breasts without gloves of two women, having abused his professional position. The investigation has taken 5 years to come to this decision.
The assaults took place in two locations, Morecambe and the Minor Injuries Unit at Leeds General Infirmary. Haris performed a genital examination on one patient after she complained of neck pain following a fall. He abused his position of trust under the premise of a necessary examination. Haris has avoided permanent strike off because it was found the “risk of reputation is low” and because he was “experiencing work related stress” at the time. This seems a poor ‘reason’ for the conduct and it is concerning that in such a short period he will return to his position of trust he so easily abused. The two women who bravely disclosed their abuse have spent 5 years involved in the GMC investigation which has no doubt caused great distress to their lives.