Doctor found to have breached professional standards by tribunal

Doctor found to have breached professional standards by tribunal

Dr Abou Said, who worked for the Colchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in 2017, was subject to an investigation by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service following complaints being made about his conduct.

Amongst a raft of allegations, Dr Said admitted during his time at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust he had asked a nurse “What else have you got pierced?” after spotting she had neck piercing.

The tribunal also ruled he touched the same nurse’s earring, put his finger inside her ear and complimented a hair tie she was wearing, making the woman feel uncomfortable.

To another nurse, Dr Said admitted he said her husband should “refrain from masturbation” whilst trying to conceive. He was found to have also suggested sexual positions the couple should adopt to conceive a baby boy.

Whilst working at Wrexham Park Hospital, Dr Said acknowledged he had said “Sister, guess if this is a boy or a girl” during a consultation with a male patient, 11, who was wearing a turban.

Allegations he made a comment about a nurse’s bottom whilst working at Colchester Hospital were disproved.

He was also found not to have said to one patient “All she had to do was put her hand on her heart and promise God to never smoke or eat sugar again and she would be cured”.

Despite finding some of Dr Said’s breaches of medical practice amounted to misconduct or serious misconduct, the tribunal did not find his ability to practise was impaired.

The panel said the doctor, who trained in Moldova, was attempting to be in his own words “super helpful” in order to treat patients and staff with respect.

Since the incidents Dr Said has attended a number of courses and worked with a mentor.

The report said: “The tribunal considered taking all of the evidence into account, Dr Abou Said has taken effective steps to remedy his past failings.

“It took into account these events occurred in 2017 and there is no evidence before the tribunal he has repeated his misconduct.

“The tribunal noted there are no concerns about Dr Abou Said’s clinical practise.

“It concluded his actions are remediable and have been remediated, and there is only a very remote risk of repetition.”

The tribunal panel did not issue Dr Said with an official warning.

“The tribunal recognised the purpose of marking a doctor’s misconduct with a warning,” the report said. “However, in the circumstances of this case, it was satisfied the public hearing together with the determination on impairment, which is a public document, would be sufficient to mark the seriousness of Dr Abou Said’s misconduct.

“These proceedings send a message to him, and to the wider profession, this type of behaviour is unacceptable.”