Lincoln doctor suspended over unwanted 'massages'
A hospital doctor who gave a junior colleague unwanted sexual massages and asked if he could kiss her has been suspended for a year.
Gulzar Ahmed Hagroo kneaded the trainee medic's shoulders and upper chest while working a shift at Lincoln County Hospital.
Hagroo claimed the rub-down was for "educational or therapeutic" purposes but was found guilty of serious misconduct by a panel of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.
The chairman, Reverend Robert Lloyd-Richards, said they found Mr Hagroo's actions were sexually motivated but decided not to strike him off the register.
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Reverend Lloyd-Richards said: "The panel has determined your registration should be suspended for the maximum period of 12 months, in order to mark the seriousness of your misconduct.
"The panel was of the view that your behaviour and lack of insight was such as to be on the cusp of warranting erasure.
"The panel also considers that this period of suspension reflects the panel's concerns about your insight into your behaviour, and it will provide you with the fullest opportunity to reflect on these matters, and to develop and demonstrate appropriate insight."
Hagroo will not be allowed back to work unless he can satisfy a review panel he is no longer a risk to colleagues.
The fitness to practise hearing in Manchester heard how Dr Hagroo first massaged 'Dr A' in a quiet room at the hospital late at night.
When 'Dr A' asked the surgeon to stop because it was painful, he pushed her back into the chair and continued to rub her shoulders.
The following night, while working the same on-call shift, Mr Hagroo took hold of the woman, pushed her down into a chair and began to knead her shoulders and chest.
Despite insisting that she did not want a massage, Mr Hagroo continued, then put his face next to her cheek, asking if he could kiss her. Giving evidence, Dr A said she felt OK at first but was uncomfortable as the situation continued.
Mr Hagroo told the hearing that he felt his colleague was "coming on" to him.
Reverend Lloyd-Richards said: "You inappropriately massaged Dr A on two occasions, lasting for approximately an hour when taken together, and the panel considers there to have been a degree of premeditation, especially for the second episode.
"Not only did you deny facts which the panel subsequently found proved, but you accused Dr A of provocative sexual conduct towards you and of lying about the incidents.
"Further to your lack of insight, the panel considers your sexually motivated misconduct towards Dr A was serious. The panel further finds your actions were an abuse of your senior professional position against a junior colleague."