- Dr Mohammed Yasin said to have been sexually aroused when he hugged medics
- It is alleged to have happened at the New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton
- He is also accused of moving his hands down their bodies and thrusting at them
- He denied any wrongdoing and blamed his mobile phone in his pocket
- But the health care assistant involved insisted: 'I know the difference between an erection and a mobile phone'
Published: 08:03 EST, 10 November 2017 | Updated: 08:03 EST, 10 November 2017
An A&E doctor accused of becoming 'pleased' to see two female colleagues on a hospital ward has denied sexual misconduct – claiming he had a mobile phone in his pocket.
Dr Mohammed Yasin, 30, was said to have been sexually aroused when he approached the student nurse and healthcare assistant then hugged them tightly at the New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.
He was also accused of moving his hands down their bodies and allegedly thrusting against them and pressing his upper legs into them.
But at a medical tribunal Yasin denied wrongdoing claiming the women may have been confused about his intentions as he had a Nokia Candybar handset and car key fob which were always in his trouser pocket.
He also said he hugged the women because he wanted to 'fit in' and had seen other colleagues of a similar background to himself doing the same.
But the health care assistant involved insisted: 'I know the difference between an erection and a mobile phone'.
The encounter is said to have occurred on April 2 last year when the two nurses and Dr Yasin, who was working as a locum, were on a night shift together at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton, pictured (stock photo)
The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester heard the encounter occurred on April 2 last year when the two nurses and Dr Yasin, who was working as a locum, were on a night shift together.
The healthcare assistant known as Miss B, who had worked at the trust since October 2015, was assisting an elderly patient to the toilet when Dr Yasin approached her looking 'stressed'.
He asked if he could have a hug and without waiting for a response put his arms around her.
She remembers that being quite tight and his hands moved towards her hips and began moving 'back and forth' and 'grinding' against her.
She told the hearing: 'He rubbed himself against me – it's not something that happens every time you go to work.
'His erection was coming on as he was hugging me. As we hugged I could feel him pushing on my leg as he was grinding up and down.
'I knew it was an erection because I didn't feel it straight away. I know it wasn't a marker pen or anything like that because I would have felt it straight away.
'I said I could feel it when he started hugging me, it was not there in the first few seconds but it was there afterwards.
'If it was a marker pen or a banana I would have felt it straight away. I know the difference between a mobile phone and an erection.
'It couldn't have been a mobile phone or a set of keys. As we carried on hugging it started to grow. It's embarrassing because I gave the hug back and this happened.
'In A&E the staff do hug other staff or patients if they become upset but not the way Dr Yasin hugged me.
'I can't say I've ever had experience of a doctor hugging a nurse, that's speaking personally and generally.
'I remember it felt horrible. I would have absolutely no reason to say he had an erection if he hadn't.'
The hearing was told Dr Yasin later attended the Clinical Decision Unit where student nurse Miss A was working.
The woman, who was 21 at the time, said: 'He came right behind me and started to rub my shoulders.
'I remember meeting him once before that on a different area of the department on a different day.
'I went away to do some work for about 10 minutes and when I came back Dr Yasin was still in that area.
'Dr Yasin asked for a hug before hugging me. I was a bit reluctant but did agree to it. I accepted the hug but didn't hug him back.
'I hadn't been hugged by a male doctor before. I do remember he had an erection, it was visible. I just noticed it. I don't think it was a phone or a key fob.
'I felt reluctant to make a complaint, it's a big thing to come forward and it may have consequences.
'I wanted a job there and didn't want any issues that would affect that. But the whole thing made me feel uncomfortable from start to finish. He did have a visible erection and did move his hands down to my waist and back.
'I don't see doctors hugging nurses as often as nurses hugging nurses. In terms of me and Dr Yasin there had never been any physical contact.'
Yasin, from Birmingham, was reported after the two women spoke to each other about their experiences.
He told the hearing: 'I was not aroused – I can only imagine I had something in my pocket st the time. I would have carried my Nokia phone, key fob and tissues.
'They were mistaken about me having an erection. When the complaint was made I was upset and shocked.
'I was offended and hurt by the fact they said I had an erection. The only explanation I've got is my phone and key fob – I don't know how they perceived the erection. I don't even find these girls attractive.
'Hugging was something that was not normal for me in terms of my upbringing.. I saw that people were hugging people of a similar background to me so it would be ok.
'I felt hugging was just part of the culture at work, it was not something I was used to when I was brought up.
'Within my culture and background there's respect for women and respect for women physically.
'For males and females to touch each other if they are not married is considered both inappropriate and wrong.
'One of the things I was concerned about was with the concept of fitting in. I've never seen hugging from behind.
'Hugging someone behind is an odd thing to do because it's not a greeting. I've never hugged anyone from behind because I know it's not appropriate to hug from behind.
'Looking back on the hugs I think I hugged using the whole of my body, I may have gone too close to them and might have hugged them longer than they would have anticipated.
'I didn't develop an erection during the course of the hug. During the hug my hands were around Miss B's shoulder region and they didn't move from there.
'Whilst doing locum in A&E I always wore a shirt and trousers, I never wore scrubs. In my pockets I would have some tissues, a mobile phone and my car key fob.
'At the time I had a very old mobile phone. I don't think it was a 3310 I think it's a Candybar phone.
'I've got two sisters and a mother, I'm not married. My sisters are younger than me.
'If my sisters are the type of people that allow hugs happening I would be fine. If they pulled her into a hug without asking I would be furious.'
Yasin denies sexual misconduct. The hearing continues.
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The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.
The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.
All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.
It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.
British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.
The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.
The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.
It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.
“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.
“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”
The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.
It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.
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Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.
Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.
“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.
“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.
Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.
Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”
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Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.
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Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.
Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.
Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.
The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.
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Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.
Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.
It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.
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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.
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Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane
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When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.
Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.
While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.
But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.
And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.
And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.
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