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Investigations underway into suspected sexual abuse of patients at Naas General Hospital

Three investigations are currently underway into a series of complaints of suspected sexual abuse of unconscious patients by a doctor at Naas General Hospital.

The investigation is being conducted by the Health Service Executive (HSE), Gardaí and the Irish Medical Council.

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It involves a doctor named Dr. Aamir Zuberi, an anaesthetist who has worked at the hospital since at least 2012.

Several hospital staff members reported concerns to hospital management and local Gardaí after several incidents of sexual abuse was witnessed during 2016 and 2017.

According to RTÉ Investigates, the first concerns were not raised until December 2017.

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One patient, who requested to be anonymous, described how he learned that he was sexually abused from Gardaí while telling Investigates that the abuse occurred during surgery to remove his appendix.

Gardaí went on to describe how several statements had been made about the suspected sexual assault of the man and others.

The man stated that almost four years since the complaints, he has never had any contact from Naas General Hospital or the HSE.

“I’ve not even had an apology – just the recognition that they were looking into this. I haven’t got the words to say how I feel about Naas General Hospital. Nobody is accountable for anything.”

The case against Dr. Zuberi has since stalled because he left Ireland and returned to his native country Pakistan.

It’s understood that he has worked at another leading Irish hospital prior to Naas.

A statement from Gardaí read, “As a Garda investigation which includes liaison with Interpol, into a number of reports we have received of sexual assault at a hospital in the east of the country is ongoing, An Garda Síochána is not in a position to comment.”

IMAGE – Pixabay/”Two nurses transporting a bed down a hospital corridor” is licensed under CC BY 4.0

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