Stephen McNally acts for General Medical Council

August 12, 2014

Stephen McNally from Exchange Chambers has acted for the General Medical Council in a hearing which has seen a doctor struck off the medical register.

Dr Shahid Ayyoub, 57, repeatedly stroked a patient’s breasts during a prolonged attack in a locked consultation room at the West Point Practice in Leeds.

He also grabbed the scared woman’s hair and pushed her head towards his groin during the 50-minute appointment on 12 June 2012.

The woman, referred to as Patient A, was left feeling ‘violated and upset’ by the assault, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service heard.

Stephen McNally, for the General Medical Council, told the panel the doctor’s crimes had ‘brought the profession into disrepute.’

The medic, who did not attend the hearing, instructed his solicitors to ask the MPTS panel to restrict his role – allowing him to conduct examinations in the presence of a chaperone or only seeing male patients.

But the panel said his actions were a ‘gross abuse of trust in his position as a doctor’, and was told he is no longer allowed to practise.

Ayyoub worked for St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in Merseyside before he was found guilty of sexual assault by a jury at Leeds Crown Court in January.

Judge Geoffrey Marson QC jailed him for 12 months but on appeal the sentence was reduced to six months.

The shamed medic, from Sutton Heath in St Helens, Merseyside, was also ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for seven years and pay £2,275 in costs.

Disgraced Ayyoub has now been struck off the medical register following a two-day hearing in Manchester.