Public Statement and Statement of Decision in relation to Mr Samir Ishak
25 June 2019
The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission conducted an investigation into the conduct of Mr Samir Fahmy Ishak, a Sonographer, as a result of his conviction at the NSW Downing Centre District Court in December 2016 of nine charges of aggravated indecent assault under section 61M(1) of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW).
The investigation found that Mr Ishak breached Clause 3(1) of the Code of Conduct for non-registered Health Practitioners made under Schedule 3 of the Public Health Regulation 2012 and provided health services in an unsafe and unethical manner for the five female patients he consulted separately for breast, pelvic and/or transvaginal ultrasounds, in the following ways:
The evidence indicates that Mr Ishak’s conduct was deliberate and had no clinical basis. His assault of these five female patients was a serious breach of the trust that patients place in healthcare practitioners, especially when procedures are involved that place the patient at a level of discomfort and vulnerability.
The Commission is satisfied that Mr Ishak has breached the Code of Conduct, poses a risk to the health or safety of members of the public, and therefore makes the following permanent prohibition order
For the purpose of this order, ‘health service’ is given the meaning as defined under section 4 of the Act.
Access the Commission’s Public Statement and Statement of Decision here
For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission, on 9219 7444.
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