Doctor accused of sex offences

Echo: Dr Adekunle Adeosun Dr Adekunle Adeosun

A DOCTOR hired by police to examine victims of sexual assaults is accused of inappropriately touching patients, a professional misconduct hearing was told.

Adekunle Adeosun, 58, a former doctor at Dipple Medical Centre, in Wickford Avenue, Pitsea, is faced with five professional misconduct charges relating to allegedly sexually-motivated inappropriate treatments he carried out on girls between 2006 and 2009.

One of the alleged victims was as young as 12 at the time.

The medic, who lived in Uplands Road, Benfleet, was a director of the South Essex Emergency Doctors Service until late 2007.

He could be banned from practice if he is found guilty of inappropriate sexual behaviour with five female patients after a twoweek Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service hearing that began yesterday.

Echo:

Accused: Dr Adeosun

One charge centres on an allegation made while he was a forensic medical examiner for the Met Police at its Newham Sapphire Unit for victims of sex attacks in east London.

It is alleged that on July 19 2009 he saw a woman, known only as “Patient D”, concerning sickness and vomiting.

The hearing was told he requested she remove her upper clothing and bra without sufficient clinical justification and he did not explain at all why this was needed. It was also claimed he placed his hand on top of her right breast and did not offer her the chance to undress behind a modesty screen.

Around six weeks later, on September 3, 2009, while working for Primecare as an out-of-hours GP, he saw “Patient E”, then aged 12, about abdominal pain.

He is accused of also getting her to remove her bra without clinical reason.

Allegations have been made by three other girls.

The first incident was alleged to have happened on September 3 2006, while he worked at the Young People’s Advisory Service Clinic at Great Oaks, Basildon.

The tribunal heard he saw “Patient A”, who was having her first Depo-Provera contraceptive injection, and asked her to pull her trousers half way down, cupped her left buttock and repeatedly dabbed the injection site on her right one.

Six months later, on March 15 2007, while working for the outof- hours service at Thurrock Hospital, it was alleged he requested a 14-year-old girl who came in with a possible chest infection to remove her upper clothing and bra without clinical justification and failed to explain why this was needed.

Echo:

Main surgery: Dipple Medical Centre 

The tribunal heard of another similar offence against a woman who came into the Dipple Medical Centre in October 2007 making similar allegations, including that he placed a stethoscope inside her bra and onto one of her nipples.

The service says his conduct in relation to all five offences was “inappropriate and sexually- motivated and his fitness to practise is impaired because of misconduct.”

A spokeswoman for NHS England Essex area team said: “Dr Adeosun is not on the Essex Medical Performer List and is no longer practising as a GP in Essex.

“While GMC proceedings are ongoing it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

It is unclear if Dr Adekunle Adeosun has been investigated by police over the alleged offences.

An Essex Police spokesman said it had no record of him, while the Met Police did not respond at the time of going to press.

An NHS England spokeswoman added: “It is not for the NHS to refer these cases to police, but individual patients who were advised to contact the General Medical Council and police.”

Dr Adeosun left Dipple Medical Centre after being made bankrupt by the HMRC over an unpaid tax bill.

The then Primary Care Trust axed his contract after he was made bankrupt at the High Court in October 2010 following an HMRC petition concerning £247,000 alleged unpaid tax.

Dr Adeosun, who had 2,000 patients, got the disputed sum down to £90,000, but still had to lay off 16 staff and close his practice – despite more than 250 patients signing a petition for him to keep his contract in spring 2011.

His financial problems continued and in October 2012, after he was discharged over the first bankruptcy, he was made bankrupt again over an undisclosed sum.

At the time of his first bankruptcy, Dr Adeosun, who was also a private landlord with a number of rental properties, said it was unpaid rent by tenants who had damaged some of his properties that caused his woes.

The Echo tried to contact him at his home in Uplands Road, Benfleet, yesterday.

However,aman who answered said: “We bought the house off him last September. We didn’t know anything about this, but people are often coming round chasing unpaid debts.

“He left no forwarding address and we understand he has left the country.”

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