‘Sleazy’ consultant who tickled, kissed and harassed trainee female doctors by bombarding them with dozens of Whatsapp messages is struck off
- Dr Ganesh Arunachalam worked at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital in London
- Registrar was accused of using his seniority to harass trainee female doctors
- One doctor said he made her ‘skin crawl’ and repeatedly hugged and kissed her
- Tribunal ruled that he could not longer work in the UK after deeming him ‘unfit’
A doctor who sent trainees a barrage of sexually suggestive messages and demanded hugs and kisses has been struck off by a disciplinary tribunal.
Consultant Dr Ganesh Arunachalam, a registrar at Guys and St Thomas’ and Queen Elizabeth hospitals in London, was accused of harassing junior female doctors.
A medical panel heard how he sent one member of staff 60 Whatsapp and text messages, despite her begging him to stop, and hugged and tickled another.
Consultant Dr Ganesh Arunachalam, a registrar at Guys and St Thomas’ (pictured) and Queen Elizabeth hospitals in London, was accused of harassing junior female doctors
The tribunal heard that in one message he sent a trainee, referred to as ‘Dr A’, an apple emoji as code and wrote how much he wanted the ‘sweetest apple’, reports the Evening Standard.
Dr A also said that his behaviour made her feel ‘scared’ for her personal safety.
However, he denied the accusations and said she was ‘infatuated’ with him.
Another trainee, known as Dr B, said Dr Drunachalam touched and tickled her when she worked shifts with him at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
The board heard that he also kissed her on the head and said: ‘I loved working with you’.
After the doctor reported Dr Drunachalam, he accused her of being an ‘awful doctor’.
Speaking on behalf of the General Medical Council, Sharon Beattie said: ‘This was inappropriate behaviour towards two female colleagues which involved sexual harassment and which was sexually motivated.
‘The incidents left both victims going to work in what they must have felt was a hostile environment, which is damaging to patient care.’