After 45-year-old Punjabi doctor Devinderjit Bains who faces long time behind bars for secretly filming hundreds of his female patients for sexual gratification while working at Tinkers Lane Surgery in Swindon, yet another desi doctor Humayun Iqbal has been booted out from the profession for groping two juniors.
Forty-year-old Humayun Iqbal, the registrar at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, has been found guilty of sexually pervert behaviour towards two female junior colleagues.
He groped one junior trainee, saying: “Well that’s what juniors are for, isn’t it?’’
This happened in December 2009 when he and the junior trainee surgeon were conducting a private anatomy lesson after he had invited her for `further teaching’. Suddenly, he forced himself upon the woman and tried to kiss her and thrust his arm into her blouse.
When the woman protested, he said, “I have to practice for my wife,’’ adding that “At the end of your rotation you will be begging for it.’’
And when this woman trainee went to another hospital, he sent her a text message, saying: “A good boss is like a bra – always supportive and never lets you down, a bad boss is like pampers – always stuck to your arse.’’
The above mentioned sequence of events emerged in the inquiry conducted by the General Medical Council (GMC) which has identified the woman trainee doctor only as Miss or Dr B, according to Daily Mail.
According to Mr Peter Atherton, counsel for the GMC, the following is what Dr Iqbal exactly did to the woman trainee called Miss or Dr B:
“He (Dr Iqbal) asked Dr B about anatomy and when she answered correctly he put his arms around her as if to give her an encouraging hug. It was a small room nobody else was present.
“He took it upon himself to suddenly and tightly embrace her, forcing his mouth onto hers forcing his tongue into her mouth. While doing that attempting to put his right arm down the inside of her blouse.
“Following that incident her reaction was to object and repute him for what had happened but he started to say totally inappropriate things such as `I have to practice for my wife’ and `well that’s what juniors are for isn’t it.’
“He also invited her to attend a course with him in Canada. When she made it clear his advances were not welcome he said: `’at the end of your rotation you will be begging for it’.
“At the end of the shift, she had had an induction meeting and when he saw her emerging from the meeting, he was clearly concerned as to whether she had made any complaints about him, she hadn’t at that early stage.’’
Dr Iqbal’s second victim is known as Miss A. She was a nurse practitioner who had just started training at the same hospital. Iqbal was said to have lured her to a lecture theatre in November 2009 under the pretext of “demonstrating relevant anatomy’’ only to cup her breast in his hand, according to the Daily Mail.
Miss A told the hearing: “He (Dr Iqbal) was drawing pictures of lungs and different incisions, he touched me on the back first, below my right shoulder blade and moved his hand right around towards the front.
“He moved his hand from the back to the front, my right breast. I was just a bit shocked. I don’t know, he could have drawn it on the diagram. I just moved away and I sat back.
“I just felt very uncomfortable because he touched me. He carried on with the drawings and continued talking about the lungs.
“My heart was racing. I felt like a lump of jelly. I knew I had gone bright red, blushing and he asked me if I had allergies. I knew my face was bright red, he touched my left cheek and I said ‘no’. He was sitting next to me, I didn’t get up, he just continued teaching. I had concerns but I didn’t know how to get out of the situation. I didn’t know what to say to be able to get away.’
“I thought when he touched my face, momentarily I thought ‘is he going to kiss me?
“I said I needed to go and pick my kids up I thought that was a good excuse because I don’t have any children. The whole time I was trying to think of something I could say to get away. I couldn’t organise myself to think of something to say.’
“I had just started working there and I didn’t want to cause any trouble I just wanted to get on with my him. I didn’t have any more teaching and I only saw him on the ward rounds, he made me a bit more nervous.’’
Miss A told everything that Dr Iqbal did to her when she attended an interview with a consultant four months later in February 2009. She told the consultant that her spell at the hospital had been ‘unhappy’ because of her experience with Iqbal.
Though Dr Iqbal denied wrongdoing during the hearings, the General Medical Council told him, “Whilst the extent of the physical assault was limited, it occurred on each occasion, during a teaching situation with a junior colleague that you both engineered and exploited.’’
The GMC told him that his conduct was “a serious breach of trust, the victim on each occasion being new to the department and considerably junior to you. The Panel took full account of your potential talent as a surgeon and it also considered the question of potentially depriving the public of a valuable doctor.
“However in the light of the serious nature and extent of these transgressions, your conduct is fundamentally incompatible with continued medical registration.’’