AHMED: SECRET SNAPS OF THE DIRTY DOCTOR
A doctor who turned part of a hospital ward into his own secret pornography studio has been thrown out of the profession
Dr Suheil Ahmed, 28,took over 100 snaps of women while he carried out intimate examinations at Torbay Hospital, Devon.
The trainee surgeon sectioned off their beds from the rest of the ward and touched his victims as he removed their clothing to get a better view of their bodies for his camera.
During the intimate checks he told his victims, who were in their 20s, he was using his mobile phone to time their breathing or heart rate.
He also installed a secret camera in a house owned by his family to film students using the toilet.
Ahmed was suspended by Torbay Hospital after two women complained about their examinations, sparking a probe into his conduct.
A police investigation found 110 images of patients uploaded to his home personal computer along with footage from a secret camera installed in a property belonging to his family.
He initially denied any wrongdoing, claiming he had taken the pictures for his medical portfolio.
But, Ahmed, of Cyncoed Road, Cardiff, admitted 11 counts of voyeurism and two counts of sexual assault by touching when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court.
He was jailed for 18 months last October later increased to 30 months after the Court of Appeal found the sentence was ‘unduly lenient’.
The doctor was facing fitness to practise proceedings at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester this week where he was branded an ‘on-going risk to patients.’
Neil Usher, for the General Medical Council, told the panel that Dr Ahmed’s crimes constituted a ‘gross breach of trust’ and said the medic remained a ‘danger to the public’.
The MPTS panel, chaired by Mr Jetinder Shergill, found his actions were so serious that the only appropriate sanction was to impose a lifetime ban from the profession.
‘The panel has concluded that Dr Ahmed’s actions are fundamentally incompatible with him continuing to be a registered medical practitioner,’ Mr Shergill said.
‘The panel was satisfied Dr Ahmed’s actions caused deliberate harm to patients including serious harm to the emotional health of the victims.
‘He abused his position of trust from early on in his career. This abuse occurred when patients were particularly vulnerable due to being in acute pain or in a post-operative recovery state.
‘The sexual nature of the offending in a hospital setting was very serious.
‘The panel has therefore determined that erasure is the most appropriate sanction.’
Dr Ahmed, who is still serving his prison sentence, will be struck off in 28 days, subject to appeal, although the panel imposed an immediate order of suspension.