Gynaecologist who worked at Northamptonshire hospital demonstrated sex act to female colleague

A doctor has been suspended for 12 months after working at a Northamptonshire hospital without telling them he was suspected of sexual misconduct.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 22nd March 2016, 5:26 am
GV of Kettering General Hospital (KGH) NNL-140703-114505001
GV of Kettering General Hospital (KGH) NNL-140703-114505001

Dr Olumide Yusuff was accused by the General Medical Council (GMC) of various breaches of professional standards while working at NHS hospitals in 2013, including simulating oral sex in front of a woman doctor.

While the GMC was considering whether the charges were proved, it was decided Yusuff had to inform superiors of the allegations if he worked for a hospital in the meantime.

However, he failed to do so after working at Kettering General Hospital as a temporary doctor in January 2015.

Yusuff has now been handed the maximum suspension of 12 months after a judgement was published last week, which said his misconduct “constituted behaviour unbefitting of a registered doctor”.

The panel found that the doctor had breached several professional standards in the lead-up to his time at KGH.

While in the doctor’s mess at East Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust, during a night shift between 8 and 9 August 2013, Yussuf demonstrated to a female colleague how to perform fellatio by “holding your hand in the air in front of your genital area” and “making a back and forth movement with your body”.

His actions, the panel ruled, were “clearly sexual motivated”.

And while at Betsi Cadwaladr NHS Health Board in Wales, on July 19 2013, Yusuff approached a housekeeping assistant and asked her what he should do with a patient who had hormonal problems.

When told by her that she was not qualified to answer Yussuf, the GMC said, replied ‘well, you are a woman’ or words to that effect.

Although Yusuff insisted the conversation was about asking for directions to the nurses in order to ask them about homoeopathic remedies, but the panel did not believe him.

He also later claimed to hospital managers that he had apologised to the housekeeping assistant, however she said this was not true.

A separate allegation found proved was that during a night shift between 25 and 26 July 2013, Yusuff filled in the wrong patient’s notes. When he realised what had happened, he attempted to destroy the notes - which had a registrars own notes on the back - then amend the patient’s record retrospectively.

The panel told Yusuff he had been “dishonest”.

In it’s overall judgement, the panel said “We took into account the impact that this sanction may have upon your patients and others who rely upon your contribution to medicine.

“However in all the circumstances the tribunal concluded that your interests are outweighed by the need to maintain public confidence in the profession and to send out a clear message to you, the profession and the public that your misconduct constituted behaviour unbefitting of a registered doctor.

“Having had regard to all the circumstances of this case, the tribunal was satisfied that your misconduct is not fundamentally incompatible with continued

registration and that erasing your name from the medical register would be disproportionate, punitive and not in the public interest.

“[The suspension] will provide you with an adequate opportunity to reflect on your behaviour.”

If there is no appeal, the suspension will begin next month.

KGH has already said it ended Yusuff’s employment with them when it discovered he had failed to tell them of his conditions.