As abuse lawyers, we are continually shocked and appalled to hear about physical or sexual abuse committed by people in positions of trust.
One of my recent cases involved a cardiologist who inappropriately touched a woman during three separate medical examinations.
The cardiologist, Dr Ajay Kumar Kanojia, worked at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. Like anyone in the medical profession who people rely on for help in overcoming illness, Dr Kanojia was in a position of great trust. My client trusted Dr Kanojia to help her but instead he abused the trust she placed in him by his sickening actions.
Dr Kanojia has since been found guilty of misconduct by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service and has been struck off the medical register. He can no longer practice medicine in the UK.
At the tribunal hearing, the General Medical Council heard how Dr Kanojia told my client on the phone that she was “a very beautiful girl” and also ordered her to strip to the waist during his examinations. My client did not at first think Dr Kanojia was doing anything wrong and assumed that what he was doing was part of a normal medical examination as she had never seen a cardiologist before.
It was on the third occasion when Dr Kanojia tried to hug and kiss my client that she realised he had used the three appointments just to grope her.
Such a serious abuse of trust should never occur in the relationship between doctor and patient. My client was entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. She was successful in her civil claim for compensation against the Trust who employed Dr Kanojia which I pursued on her behalf.
Kim Harrison is a Head of Human Rights and a Principal Lawyer specialising in abuse compensation claims at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.
Slater and Gordon’s specialist Abuse Lawyers are currently representing over 800 people in connection with sexual abuse cases.
We have previously commented on the psychological effects of abuse that people can suffer when abused by people in positions of trust and have helped many people secure compensation for abuse suffered in hospitals or by people from the medical profession.
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