The doctor is also accused of groping the buttocks of a 20-year-old woman during a medical examination last July. The tribunal was told the doctor allegedly asked her to drop her leggings and grabbed her bottom and inner thighs before commenting that she was a “pretty young lady”.
A third patient, aged 18, alleges she went to see Dr Cassim to obtain a medical certificate for a knee injury, but he asked her to pull down her pants and rubbed her groin, vagina area and buttocks.
A Melbourne doctor is accused of sexually assaulting three young female patients, groping one’s buttocks and calling her a “pretty lady” and joking about the age another had become sexually active.
Dr Ahmed Kamil Mohamed Cassim is charged with four counts of sexual assault relating to the consultations, which occurred at two suburban clinics between June and September last year. He denies the allegations.
A tribunal was told the locum doctor allegedly groped a 21-year-old woman’s breast when she went to see him for a repeat script of her contraceptive pill in June last year. He also allegedly touched her calves and stomach and joked about the age she became sexually active, which made her uncomfortable.
Camera IconA tribunal has upheld the suspension of a Melbourne doctor following assault allegations. Credit: Supplied
Dr Cassim went to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) to challenge a decision by the Medical Board of Australia in March to suspend his registration after he was charged by police.
He argued there would be a “factual dispute” about what unfolded, arguments about whether his actions were clinically justified and whether inadequate communication could be a factor behind the allegations.
Dr Cassim also said the tribunal could impose a lesser penalty, such as a ban on seeing female patients, if it believed immediate action was needed to maintain confidence in the profession while he fought his charges.
However, VCAT this week upheld the medical board’s decision, saying the taking of immediate action to suspend the doctor’s registration was in the public interest.
“Allowing Dr Cassim to continue to practise, in these circumstances, could have an adverse impact on public confidence in the medical profession more generally, with young female patients potentially becoming reluctant to be seen by male doctors if they felt that any reports of inappropriate sexual behaviour would not be acted upon unless and until a practitioner has been found guilty of criminal charges,” the VCAT members said in their ruling.
Dr Cassim is due to face court in July.