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#MISCONDUCT: Doctor suspended after groping patient and claiming "THAT'S HOW IT'S DONE IN INDIA"

An Indian gynaecologist in Birmingham has been suspended after groping a patient and claiming that that was the way medical examinations are carried out in india.

Dr Angamathu Arunkalaivanan, originally from Madras, put the 49-year-old woman through "three years of hell", the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester heard.

The victim contacted police after she was told that the manner in which she had been examined was inappropriate.

During the Tribunal the married Dr Arunkalaivanan insisted that groping her breasts from behind had been the way he was taught at medical school in Madras.

The court heard how on one occasion the doctor asked the woman to lift up her top and bra, before cupping and squeezing her breasts with both hands from behind. 

Dr Arunkalaivanan had also failed offer the patient a chaperone during the examination or make a record of the breast check in the patient's notes.

Patient A told the tribunal she still ‘beats herself up’ for allowing herself to be ‘sexually assaulted’. 

She said: ‘I left the room that day and I just ... it just felt so wrong. I could just not get the examination out of my head and I actually said, “What just happened in there?”?’

Describing the doctor’s response to her complaint, she added: ‘He didn’t deny anything I said. He said that’s how he was taught in India.’ She told the tribunal she was so disturbed she could not even bring herself to tell her husband.

Suspending Dr Arunkalaivanan for a year, tribunal chairman Sandra Sturdy said that whilst the case was an "isolated" one, the manner in which the breast examination was conducted was "clearly sexually motivated" and that Dr Arunkalaivanan's conduct "amounted to serious misconduct".

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