A doctor who worked for the Helsinki-Uusimaa health district as well as several other public and private health facilities has been convicted of sexual offences against some of his female patients, the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat reports.
Eastern Uusimaa District Court handed the man a 15-month suspended sentence and ordered him to carry out 50 hours of public service work.
The 49-year-old was also ordered to pay his victims a total of 19,000 euros for personal injury and suffering, in addition to recompensing them for legal fees.
The court found that the perpetrator had taken advantage of the patients’ dependence on their doctor in an aggravated manner.
Inappropriate touching and comments
It determined that he had for instance carried out unwarranted gynaecological examinations, touched patients inappropriately and made sexually suggestive comments.
The criminal offences took place between 2010 and 2016. The doctor denied the charges but was found guilty of all of them.
So far at least the private healthcare companies Mehiläinen and Terveystalo have cancelled their contracts with the physician, according to HS.
The National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira) has not however revoked his license to practice.
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