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Doctor denies misconduct charge
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The doctor denies the charge of serious professional misconduct
A Leeds doctor has appeared before a medical tribunal over claims he put his hand down a patient's underwear when examining to see if she was pregnant.

Dr Chempakaserry Gopakumar, from Adel, carried out the check-up while the woman's two children were in the room, the General Medical Council was told.

A series of alleged incidents began on 21 January last year when the patient visited the Hunslet Health Centre.

The 65-year-old GP denies a charge of serious professional misconduct.

'Inappropriate and indecent'

The GMC Fitness to Practise Panel, sitting in Manchester, heard that one month earlier, the same patient, referred to as Miss B, had visited her doctor with a skin complaint and he told her she was "striking and attractive."

Selva Ramasamy, counsel for the GMC, said the GP's actions had been "unnecessary, inappropriate and indecent."

After examining blemishes on her neck, arms and lower stomach the GP began to ask the woman about her private life.

Miss B told the hearing: "The conversation was a bit strange. He asked if I had a boyfriend and, if I had, what he was like.

"He also said I was striking and attractive. He was discussing an old receptionist and said she looked like me, only with blonde hair."

The patient told the hearing that days before her appointment her son had been in hospital undergoing surgery.

"My son had just been really ill, he had just had major surgery, and I was in a bit of a state myself. I was not really thinking."

The hearing continues.

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