The United Christian Hospital dentist found guilty of indecently assaulting a female patient has been suspended from duty until further notice. The hospital Patients' Relations Officer, Priscilla Cheung, confirmed that Tam Chi-keung, 35, had been suspended from service from yesterday. Tam, who had worked at the hospital since 1990, was accused of fondling a 27-year-old woman patient's breasts and private parts while they were alone. He was convicted last Saturday but was planning to file an appeal. Hospital Authority spokesman Irene Lau said it was a standard practice for doctors to have a chaperone when they were examining patients of the opposite sex. 'We have circulars at institution departments informing them of the practice. All doctors should know about this,' she said. The Dental Council is holding an inquiry into the incident and has not decided whether Tam's licence will be cancelled or not. Ms Cheung said Tam might be fired if he failed to win his appeal or lost his dental licence.