A specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist has been suspended from working in Western Australia after two girls accused him of misconduct, with one saying she felt “sexually sick”.
Angamuthu Arunkalavanan allegedly inappropriately touched one girl’s uncovered breasts, then rubbed his erection in opposition to her knee in November 2018.
She despatched textual content messages to her associate, saying she felt “horrible” and “sexually sick”, the State Administrative Tribunal heard.
After a criticism was made to police and the Australian Medical Board, a registered nurse was appointed as his chaperone.
However lower than one 12 months later, a second girl claimed when the chaperone nurse briefly stepped away Arunkalavanan “forcefully and with out consent” inserted his fingers into her vagina.
After a criticism to police and the board, he had his medical registration suspended.
The SAT additionally heard a UK tribunal had beforehand discovered Arunkalavanan carried out an inappropriate breast examination when he was working within the nation in 2010.
Arunkalavanan denied each of the Perth allegations and just lately tried to have his suspension lifted.
He informed the SAT the suspension had a “devastating affect on me, each personally and professionally”, and had value him as much as $250,000 in earnings.
The daddy-of-two additionally referred to how the state of affairs had affected his relationship along with his spouse and the affect of COVID-19.
He added the suspension had been “disruptive to my sufferers, who require ongoing specialist remedy and care” and he had acquired requests from sufferers to switch to different practitioners due to the continuing uncertainty concerning the date of his return.
However the SAT dominated the suspension would stay, saying the allegations had been very severe.
“Sufferers of … an obstetrician and gynaecologist in personal observe are maybe or arguably amongst essentially the most probably susceptible of all sufferers looking for medical companies,” Decide David Parry stated.
“The danger that the practitioner might commit severe sexual misconduct and the chance of damaging public belief in medical practitioners typically – which itself is inimical to public well being and security – outweighs, for my part, any monetary or private hardship.
“The interim software … looking for a keep of the respondent’s determination … to take speedy motion and droop the applicant’s registration pending the dedication of the enchantment is dismissed.”