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Disgraced Blackburn doctor to face new misconduct case
A DOCTOR who was cleared to return to work after being found guilty of sexual misconduct against a patient is at the centre of another investigation.
Dr Riaz Hussain Ali Musa Raza was suspended for 12 months by the General Medical Council (GMC) in 2010 after being found guilty of hugging a Blackburn woman and telling her: “I have never looked after anyone like I have looked after you today.”
It is not known where the offence allegedly took place.
But Dr Raza, 49, lodged an appeal at the High Court and his case was reconsidered by the GMC, which judged in 2011 that he had learned his lesson and was fit to practice.
The regulator has now confirmed to the Lancashire Telegraph that he is under investigation again, but would not reveal any details about the allegations made.
However, it did release a list of several interim conditions which Dr Raza, from Sale, must adhere to at work, which came into effect on August 19.
One of the conditions bars him from undertaking consultations with female patients ‘without a chaperone present’, except in life-threatening emergencies.
He must also inform the GMC if he applies for medical employment outside the UK and inform any organisation contracting his services that his registration is subject to the interim order, as well as other conditions.
And within the new conditions it says he must inform ‘any locum agency or out of hours service’ he is registered with about the interim order.
In the original case, Dr Raza was said to have admired a female patient’s tattoo and given her his phone number.
While she was leaving, he gripped her right hand firmly and pulled her towards him, putting his left hand on her shoulder before hugging her, the GMC heard.
She tried to push him away, but he hugged her a second time and said ‘I have never looked after anyone like I have looked after you today’, the GMC heard.
Dr Raza, who is listed as a director of Sale-based Skemp Healthcare (GB) Ltd, told the Telegraph the new allegations were false and he would be challenging them through the GMC.
Ron O’Keeffe, chairman of Blackburn with Darwen Council’s health overview and scrutiny committee, said: “Obviously this case is still being investigated, so we will have to wait for the outcome before we can comment fully, but I think it is important that the GMC monitors doctors and how they perform.”