Doctor arrested at Hong Kong public hospital over sex assault

The case is said to have happened in a changing room in Queen Elizabeth Hospital when the accused allegedly touched a male nurse’s bottom

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 April, 2017, 9:29pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 April, 2017, 9:32pm

Police have arrested a 45-year-old doctor at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei on suspicion of indecent assault.

The victim was a 24-year-old male nurse. The incident took place at 7am on Saturday morning in the hospital’s staff changing rooms. The doctor, who is understood to be foreign, was said to have touched the nurse’s bottom.

The victim complained to security staff. Police were later called and arrested the suspect.

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A spokeswoman for Queen Elizabeth Hospital said it was “very concerned” about the incident and would “fully cooperate” with the police during their investigation.

It also said it was in close contact with the nurse and would offer assistance.

In a separate incident at Kwai Chung Hospital, managers stepped up security in its psychiatric wards after a male patient complained that he had been indecently assaulted by another male patient on Friday.

Police are investigating the incident.

Hospital bosses there said they were “very concerned” about the case.

A spokeswoman for Kwai Chung Hospital said they would step up monitoring in wards and corridors and would identify and assess the most vulnerable patients at risk of harm in order to offer better protection.

The two incidents see the number of indecent assault cases at public hospitals rise to six this year.

Another suspected indecent assault case – the fourth reported this year – happened at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan. The suspect, 44, and the victim were psychiatric patients in the same ward.

Dr Cheung Wai-lun, director of cluster services for the Hospital Authority, reaffirmed plans to set up a committee including overseas experts to look at procedures and manpower arrangements in public psychiatric wards.