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Claims doctor carried out “sexually motivated” examination

A DOCTOR ogled a picture of a patient’s breasts and carried out a “sexually motivated” examination, it is claimed.

Dr Balamurali Krishnan Loganathan, who worked at Ninewells hospital in Dundee, faces charges he looked at pictures of a patient’s breasts “for longer than required”.

He also carried out a “sexually motivated” examination of her legs and feet, it is alleged.

In 2008, the same doctor received a warning to “refrain from any form of physical contact which his colleagues may find offensive”.

Dr Krishnan Loganathan will face a hearing at the General Medical Council (GMC) later this month.

NHS Tayside said Dr Loganathan no longer worked at Ninewells.

The alleged misconduct occurred when he was an employee of Dundee University working on a contract for NHS Tayside.

The GMS says that Dr Krishnan Loganathan, while working as an Honorary Clinical Fellow in Orthopaedics, agreed in March last year to have a chaperone present when carrying out all consultations with female patients.

The charges state: “It is alleged that during a consultation Dr Krishnan Loganathan did not offer or provide a chaperone to a patient.”

The charges continue: “It is also alleged that during the consultation Dr Krishnan Loganathan looked at pictures of the patient’s breasts and a mole in her medical records for longer than required and that his actions during his examination of the patient’s feet and legs was inappropriate and sexually motivated.”

The GMC said they could not clarify when the alleged incident took place, although it is understood to have closely preceded his resignation from the university in June 2011.

The GMC was also unable to say whether, or where, the doctor is currently practising.

According to the GMC, the doctor was only allowed to see female patients without a chaperone “in life threatening emergencies”.

The conditions stated that the “chaperone must be a fully registered medical practitioner or fully registered nurse or midwife”.

Doctor Krishnan Loganathan must also tell the GMC if he is applying to any medical post outside of the UK, and any time he takes up a new medical post in the country.

The 2008 warning on inappropriate physical contact was also imposed by the GMC and must stay on the doctor’s record until May 29 next year.

Dr Krishnan Loganathan qualified as a doctor in Gulbarga, India.

He could be struck off after the hearing, which is held in Manchester, if the alleagations are found proved.

A spokesman for Dundee University said: “He resigned from the university in June last year following a lengthy suspension while the NHS investigated claims against him.”

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