Senior doctor ‘forced himself on nurse as she worked alone in charge of ward’

A senior doctor forced himself on a nurse after he took advantage as she was left her on her own in charge of a ward.

Dr Christian Hanson, 65, grabbed the nurse in a hospital side room in a 3am encounter during a night shift, a tribunal heard.

The nurse told how he grabbed her by the hips and ”clamped” his knees around her legs after he followed her from a reception area into a consultation office.

She said Hanson pushed his body against her, whispered in her ear and placed his hands on her bottom as she was searching for keys to a medication cabinet.

He told her he ‘missed her’ and added: ”Can I see you outside of work?”

The unnamed woman managed to break free and walked passed patients in a waiting area before fleeing to a nearby ladies toilet where she burst into tears.

She later rang a senior manager at home and messaged a relative saying: ”I am shocked and upset by the whole situation. I feel very disappointed and let down by him.

“I never expected to go through something like that at work. I felt super-uncomfortable and did not know what to do.”

The incident happened at Rotherham General Hospital in South Yorks.

It occurred as the unnamed woman, known as Ms A, was in sole charge of a ward.

At the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, Hanson, a speciality doctor in emergency medicine, was suspended from practise for 10 months after being found guilty of sexually motivated misconduct.

The Manchester hearing was told how the nurse had previously encountered Hanson during which he complimented her on her appearance – but she dismissed his advances as him being ”from an older generation.”

She told the tribunal: “I had gone to give a patient medication and then could not find the key for the drug cupboard.

“I went to see if I could find a doctor who I thought might have the key. I opened a set of double doors but Dr Hanson was close behind me and he grabbed hold of my hips.

“I felt uncomfortable as I did not understand why he had been doing it and it didn’t really make sense.

“There was still physical contact as I went through the doors and then he said ‘it is in here’ and I thought ‘this is where I am going to find the keys.’

“When he entered the consultation room he sat down on a chair around 1.5 metres from me.

“I went to leave but he pulled me towards him and took hold of my hips with both hands.

“He pulled me close to him and clamped his knees around me whilst still sitting down.

“His hands were resting on my hips towards my bottom. Both his hands were there.

“He said he missed me and was asking when he would see me again. I was feeling very, very confused and did not know what to say in response.

“I got hold of the door handle but he pressed himself against me and whispered something in my ear.”

She bravely continued: ”The front of him was pressed against the back of me and he put his face really close to my neck.

“He bent down to be level with my face but I don’t know what he whispered. When I managed to leave the room I just wanted to carry on finding the keys.

“I just wanted to get to somewhere which was safe. I then went to the toilet and rang the nurse in charge and she got there quickly.

“I felt awful about what happened.”

In a 6am text to her relative the nurse said: ”One of the doctors was very inappropriate with me tonight – like, very.

“I broke down and told the nurse in charge. She rang the doctor in charge who sent this doctor home.

“I was stressing because I could not find the keys and I wondered if an out of hours doctor has left them in their room. I said ‘I am going to go and look’ but he followed me through the doors and grabbed me.

“I just brushed it away and went immediately to the consultation room but when I went in and he sat down on the chair and grabbed me asking when he was next going to see me.

“He sat me in a chair and grabbed me asking when he was next going to see me and I told him Sunday.

“He said ‘can I see you outside of work?’ while pinning my knees down. I said ‘no I can’t’ and pushed him off.

“He then grabbed my hips while stood behind me and whispered something to me. I then pulled the door open and left the room.”

Daniel Fugallo lawyer for the General Medical Council told the hearing: “Dr Hanson knew she was alone in the Department and subjected her to unwanted sexually motivated behaviour when she was alone with him in a consulting room

“She felt very distressed by what had happened but at the time maintained a completely professional facade as she came out of the room as there were still patients in the waiting area.

“She used the female toilets to cry and compose herself.”

He said she phoned a nurse who could tell she was not in a fit state to continue that night.

Mr Fugallo said: “When Miss A got home she was still distressed and could not get to sleep, and she contacted (someone) on social media at around 6am. The messages are a record of how Miss A felt three hours from the incident.”

Hanson denied wrongdoing.

He declined to attend the tribunal but in a statement to the NHS trust said: “As I came up to my consulting room I told her that I have forgotten the name of my next patient I was about to call.

“We entered my consulting room. The computer was on the right side of the door.

“I turned towards the computer, signed in and checked the name of the next patient. When I turned round she has already left the room.’’

But suspending him from duty, MPTS chairman Tim Bradbury said: “Dr Hanson demonstrated unwanted sexually motivated behaviour towards a nurse who was entitled to be treated fairly and with respect.”

He added: “The incident took place in the early hours in an otherwise empty Department and in circumstances where Ms A was likely to have felt isolated.

“Dr Hanson would have known, or at the very least should have known, that at the time he was putting Ms A through a potentially frightening experience.”