Nurse who made advance on junior colleague at Broomfield Hospital is struck off
PUBLISHED: 09:59 10 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:59 10 August 2018
A male nurse who worked at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford has been struck off after he was found to have sexually assaulted a colleague during a night shift in the emergency department.
A healthcare assistant who worked at the hospital alleged that Sreeprasanth Thondiparampil Sabapathy, a registered nurse, sexually assaulted her on March 15, 2017.
Though no charges were brought, Essex Police referred Sabapathy to the Nursing and Midwifery Council following the allegations and the case was heard by a panel last month, from July 9-12.
The victim, who cannot be identified, stated that Sabapathy asked her to go into a side room with him and he then placed his arms around her and touched her inappropriately.
The victim said she tried several times to push Sabapathy away and told him “no” but he carried on. She also alleged that when she tried to leave the room, he tried to stop her and pushed her hand onto his groin.
She described how she started ‘panicking’ and pulled her hand away as quickly as she could before getting out of the room and reporting the matter.
The incident was referred to the police and Sabapathy voluntarily attended a police interview, denied the allegations and a criminal investigation into the matter was not pursued.
At the disciplinary hearing, Sophie Quinton-Carter told the panel that the matters were found proved involving inappropriate sexual contact towards a colleague, and were sufficiently serious to amount to misconduct.
Sabapathy’s representation, Laura Bailey, conceded that the matters found proved amounted to serious professional misconduct, but asked the panel to consider that there had been no concerns prior to or since the incident and there was no evidence of repetition and that it was a one-off incident, adding that Sabapathy had engaged with the regulatory process and taken steps towards remediation.
However, the panel was ‘in no doubt’ that the matters involving sexually motivated conduct towards a junior colleague were sufficiently serious to amount to misconduct and concluded that Sabapathy’s actions had fallen significantly below the standard required of a registered nurse.
The panel accepted that Sabapathy’s actions did not relate to his clinical skills, but they determined that his fitness to practise was impaired on the grounds of public interest and the decision was taken to strike Sabapathy’s name from Nursery and Midwifery Council register.