Doctor accused of raping patient flees the country
A hospital doctor who has been accused of raping a 61-year-old woman has left the country, the Irish Independent has learned
Gardaí in Tralee in Co Kerry have confirmed they are investigating the allegation that the woman was raped at the private Bon Secours Hospital earlier this month.
The doctor is accused of raping the woman when she was changing into her clothes after having a scan.
The doctor, who is from abroad, was employed on a temporary basis by the hospital.
The alleged rape happened after the woman gave him a tip.
Garda sources said the doctor, who was involved in diagnostics, denied the allegation but has left the country since the middle of last week.
Following the allegation, it is understood the doctor was suspended and he has now resigned.
The married doctor was doing locum duty at the busy hospital.
A spokesman for the hospital last night declined to comment.
The victim made an initial complaint before going to Cork University Hospital that evening to undergo a specialist medical examination.
She then made a formal complaint to gardaí later in the week.
She is believed to have told gardaí that she gave the doctor a €10 tip and he then followed her into the changing room where he raped her.
Gardaí in Tralee have visited the hospital in question to collect CCTV footage.
There were no cameras in the room where the alleged assault took place, but there were some stationed around the area outside the room.
Garda sources who arrived at the hospital to interview the doctor following the complaint said he was in the middle of another scan when they put the allegation to him.
The Bon Secours Hospital in Tralee was voted Ireland's Private Hospital of the Year in 2014.
It serves a catchment area of more 170,000 people.
It has seen significant expansion in recent years.
Manager Donna Roche said recently: "Our nursing retention rate is 92pc. We are the ideal choice for an outstanding nursing career.
It has over 50 medical consultants and over 150 beds.
It is a sponsor of the Rose of Tralee International Festival and is also healthcare partner to Kerry and Limerick GAA.