Sethuraman Pala Srinivasan (PH72375) has been struck off the HCPC Register on the grounds of misconduct whilst employed as a physiotherapist by Humber NHS Foundation Trust.
A panel of the HCPTS heard that while carrying out a visit to Patient A Mr Srinivasan slapped the patient’s hand, told him to “stop being a naughty boy”, hugged Patient A’s wife and told her that she could call him at any time if she needed a hug.
The Panel further heard that Mr Srinivasan inappropriately touched Colleague C, kissed her, stroked her cheek and touched her face. He also ignored Colleague C’s “no” in response to unwanted attention and made comments to her including “Can I put this letter in your coin slot” or words to that effect.
Panel Chair Debbie Hill commented:
“The Panel identified that there is a risk to the members of the public, particularly for young female junior colleagues and young female patients. The risk is that Mr Srinivasan will repeat the conduct of unwanted attention and sexual assault. Members of the profession and members of the public would expect the regulator to act in these circumstances to protect the public and to uphold the standards of conduct.”
The Panel ordered for the name of Sethuraman Pala Srinivasan to be struck off the HCPC Register.
Mr Srinivasan was present and represented by Ms Victoria Webb (Counsel) at the hearing.
Notes to Editors:
1. The Health and Care Professions Council is an independent regulator set up by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001. The HCPC keeps a register for 16 different health and care professions and only registers people who meet the standards it sets for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. The HCPC will take action against professionals who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally.
2. Full details of this hearing will be posted online here: https://www.hcpts-uk.org/hearings/calendar
3. Information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings can be found on the HCPC website here: www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints
4. Anyone can contact us and raise a concern about a professional on our Register. This includes members of the public, employers, the police and other professionals. For more information visit www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints
5. The HCPC currently regulates the following 16 professions. Each of these professions has one or more ‘protected titles’. Anyone who uses one of these titles must register with the HCPC. To see the full list of protected titles please see www.hcpc-uk.org/aboutregistration/protectedtitles
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Hearing aid dispensers
Operating department practitioners
Prosthetists / orthotists
Social workers in England
Speech and language therapists
6. The HCPC regulates social workers in England. Social workers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are separately regulated by the relevant Care Council in that country.
7. Registrants can appeal the panel’s decision. Appeals are made directly to the High Court in England or Wales, the Court of Session in Scotland or the High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland. Appeals must be made within 28 days of when the Notice of Decision and Order is served. The Panel’s order does not take effect until the appeal period has expired or the appeal has concluded.